God is crying mid the carnage
of a thousand broken bones;
in the dust and fallen rubble
of our long discarded homes.
Where our children play out stories
of the visions they have seen,
God is weeping over losses,
knowing just what might have been.
What if love instead of horror
filled the passion of our lives,
could these stories be re-written
where humanity survives?
God still with us, God among us,
sow new seeds of love through grace;
help us look at one another
building hope in every place.
Andrew Pratt (8/1/2023)
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Written after listening to the
BBC Radio 4 Sunday Service on 8/1/2023 ‘The message that Ukraine is trying to convey to the world as it celebrates its own Christmas Day’.
The programme posed the question, 'Where is God' in this war?
See also We hear the news in anguish
- Thoughts on pacifism
- God's on our side
We hear the news in anguish to know what has been done,
the cameras and recordists show hatred being spun, the sound of rockets falling fill broadcasts round the earth, Great God, what are we doing while children come to birth? Our aspirations shudder, our hopes become as dust, through war machines are broken, dismembered, turned to rust. Our conversations stutter, our talks of peace – hot air, Great God, may acts of justice grow from the seeds of prayer. No place is ever neutral when hatred fuels the fire, humanity unites us, let love be our desire. Join hands across the barriers that other hands have made, until your world is mended and violence has been stayed. Andrew Pratt 28/2/2022 Written while watching the Russian-Ukraine conflict. Words © 2022 Stainer & Bell Ltd, London, England firstname.lastname@example.org . Please include any reproduction for local church use on your CCL Licence returns. All wider and any commercial use requires prior application to Stainer & Bell Ltd. Tune: KING’S LYNN; O SACRED HEAD SORE WOUNDED has also been suggested by Judy Ford. A video prepared for SUNDAY NIGHT LIVE is available here with thanks to Pam Rhodes and Gareth Moore (to be broadcast Sunday 20th March 2022 at 1800 hours UK) Listen to reflections for Ukraine based on some of my texts on Premier Christian Radio is available on Freeview channel 725. Sunday 13th March 2022 0800 hours (UK) A video recording of the hymn by Gareth Moore is available here Other resources also available at Singing the Faith plus
The road to peace is
bloody, awful. The dead will die, will not get up. This is no game, no simple play, a single act upon a stage. Before the curtain drops and stays, love seems to die seems far away. Andrew Pratt 24/2/2022