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In Haiti, There is Anguish

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  • Author: Winfrey Gillette is the author of Songs of Grace and the co-pastor of Limestone Presbyterian Church, Wilmington, Delaware.
  • Updated: 01/21/2010
  • Copyright: Carolyn Winfrey Gillette.  All rights reserved.

A hymn of dedication for those suffering in Haiti from the recent earthquake

In Haiti, There is Anguish

ST. CHRISTOPHER ("Beneath the Cross of Jesus")

In Haiti, there is anguish that seems too much to bear;
A land so used to sorrow now knows even more despair.
From city streets, the cries of grief rise up to hills above;
In all the sorrow, pain and death, where are you, God of love?

A woman sifts through rubble, a man has lost his home,
A hungry, orphaned toddler sobs, for she is now alone.
Where are you, Lord, when thousands die--the rich, the poorest poor?
Were you the very first to cry for all that is no more?

O God, you love your children; you hear each lifted prayer!
May all who suffer in that land know you are present there.
In moments of compassion shown, in simple acts of grace,
May those in pain find healing balm, and know your love's embrace.

Where are you in the anguish?   Lord, may we hear anew
That anywhere your world cries out, you're there-- and suffering, too.
And may we see, in others' pain, the cross we're called to bear;
Send out your church in Jesus' name to pray, to serve, to share.

For the tune go to:,823Tune:  Frederick Charles Maker, 1881

Text: Copyright ښ 2010 by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette.  All rights reserved.
Carolyn visited Haiti on a mission trip when she was a Lebanon Valley College student.  
Permission is given for use by those who support Church World Service (Includes ELCA).

Carolyn Winfrey Gillette is the author of Songs of Grace:  New Hymns for God and Neighbor (Discipleship Resources Upper Room Books, 2009) and Gifts of:  New Hymns for Today's Worship (Geneva Press, 2000) and the co-pastor of Limestone Presbyterian Church in Wilmington, Delaware.

Carolyn has written words for other hymns found on this web site.  Search by entering her name:  Carolyn Winfrey Gillette

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