Monday, 11 September 2017

A Hymn in response to hurricanes and international flooding

Swirling winds and raging oceans
add to hazards we know well, 
jagged rocks and crashing breakers, 
currents swinging with the swell, 
into such a tortured maelstrom 
boats are launched and lives are saved, 
human beings loved and treasured 
where the waters heaved and raved.

Broken buildings, flooded rivers 
add a challenge to be met, 
nature compounds human carnage, 
sights we never will forget;
here where homes had offered comfort 
devastation meets our eyes 
while the thunder of the waters 
drowns the sound of human cries.

God, we cry, as lives are wasted, 
hold us in this living hell, 
where the floods and rising waters 
bring destruction, hold us well.
Lift us out of dereliction, 
help us reach to those in need, 
love them till all fear has foundered,
till they know they’re safe and freed.
© Andrew Pratt 10/9/2017
Tune: HYFRYDOL

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