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We Grieve in Isolation (a hymn)

LLANGLOFFAN D (“Rejoice, Rejoice, Believers”)

We grieve in isolation, we weep from far away.
We wonder at the suffering we hear about this day.
An enemy comes near us like none we’ve ever known.
O God, we trust you love us, yet we feel so alone.

O Christ, this world is changing and we are changing, too.
We cry out with a longing that you will make us new.
We see the ways the nations have tried to live before
and offer our confession: it won’t work anymore.

Can life rise from these ashes? Can hope rise from our fear?
O Spirit, work among us, that we may change things here.
May we be dead to sinning— to all that would destroy.
Bring in your new creation; give life and health and joy.

May we seek love and kindness that build community.
May we seek truth and justice that heal society.
We grieve in isolation; we cry, O Lord, to you.
O God of our salvation, we pray you’ll make us new.

Tune: Traditional Welsh melody, from Daniel Evans’ Hymnau a Thonau (Hymns and Tunes), 1865
Text: Copyright © 2020 by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. All rights reserved.
Free for congregational use.