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September 07, 2005

A Hymn After the Hurricane

Stephen D. Lawton of Mitchell Road Presbyterian Church in Greenville, S.C. (PCA) has written this hymn in response to Hurricane Katrina and its impact on the Gulf Coast States.

God of Nature, at Whose Voice

God of nature, at whose voice the waves and winds must now obey,
Give your people words of comfort, acts of grace to share today.
Yours the pow’r of devastation, yours to gather, help and heal;
We know not your ways of wisdom; let your light our paths reveal.

Shelter Lord, the homeless, helpless, young and old with pity see,
Give their daily food, supply their needs with perfect equity.
Grant protection, strength and patience to their rescuers, we pray;
Fill with hope the laboring workers, grace to serve both night and day.

Bring your people ever closer, sharing pain of grief and loss,
Motivate us, loving Savior, with the love shown by your cross.
We, your Body, long to serve you, serving others in your name,
And when sorrow washes o’er us, Gracious Spirit, heal the pain.

Call our nation to repentance; gather us that we may see
You’re the God of love and mercy; rescue us and set us free.
Let our deeds announce redemption, saving grace for all our days.
Let your song go forth to cheer us, lifting heart and hands to praise. Amen.

Beach Spring, 87.87.D (Come All Christians Be Committed)

© 2005 Stephen D Lawton, all rights reserved

Permission is hereby granted for credited use, unaltered, only in public worship.

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Amen. That was beautiful.


Posted by: Connie at September 8, 2005 12:43 AM

Powerful words! Thank you for sharing them.

Posted by: Joy at September 8, 2005 10:04 AM

May we all join in this prayer.

Posted by: Wayne M at September 8, 2005 04:59 PM

Hey, that's my uncle! Lovely to read his hymn here. : )

Posted by: RT at September 10, 2005 12:41 AM

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