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When Jesus Went to Egypt (a free hymn)

"O God, we pray for children/ And families coming here/ Now facing separation,/ And filled with grief and fear," writes Carolyn Winfrey Gillette.

When Jesus Went to Egypt
PASSION CHORALE D (“O Sacred Head, Now Wounded”)

When Jesus went to Egypt,
Safe on his mother’s arm,
His parents stayed beside him
To keep him safe from harm.

And when they crossed the border,
They were allowed to be
Together – seeking refuge –
A Holy Family.

O God, we pray for children
And families coming here
Now facing separation,
And filled with grief and fear.

For children, loved and treasured,
Are ripped from loving kin.
This deed, by any measure,
Is torture. It’s a sin! O God, you’re like a mother
Who won’t forsake her own.

You’re like a loving father
Who welcomes his son home.
Now give us, by your Spirit,
The strength to challenge wrong,
To seek the best for children,
And keep all families strong.

Biblical references: Matthew 2:12-18; Isaiah 49:15; 66:13; Luke 15:11-32; Matthew 25:31–46

Tune: Hans Leo Hassler, 1601; harmony by Johann Sebastian Bach, 1729

Text: Copyright © June 2018 by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. All rights reserved. Permission is given for free use of this hymn to churches seeking to support immigrant families.

Carolyn Winfrey Gillette is a mother, grandmother, former foster mother, pastor and hymn writer. She has seen children screaming as they have been taken from the arms of those they love. Carolyn also served as a hosting pastor for an immigrant group for five years in her church.