May the memory of 911 continue to teach us about the importance of peace and the necessity to love life. ~ Rubyanne
When People Die by Hatred
When people die by hatred, when people die by fear,
When people die defending our right to protest here,
When young black men are murdered, when heroes die in blue,
When people die for justice, O God, we cry to you.
We thank you for the faithful who give and give some more:
Who advocate for justice, who lead the cry: “No more!”
Who work for public safety, who seek a peaceful way.
We thank you for their labors to build a better day.
When people raise their voices and seek the common good,
When neighbors meet with neighbors to change their neighborhood,
When we hear others’ stories, when we admit our sin,
O God, we’ll know your healing in this world once again.
Tune: Samuel Sebastian Wesley, 1864 (“The Church’s One Foundation”)
Text: Copyright © 2016 by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. All rights reserved.
Permission is given for free use of this hymn.
Audio: Stephen Sollars
Photo: Public Domain