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God, Our Nation Feels the Loss

Permission is given for free use of this hymn, including in online worship services.

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PILOT  (“Jesus, Savior, Pilot Me”)

God, our nation feels the loss
as our children pay the cost
for the violence we accept,
for the silence we have kept.
Rachel weeps for children gone;
God of love, this can’t go on!

Jesus, Lord, we hear you say,
“Don’t turn little ones away!”
May we build a kinder land
where our children understand:
Every child here matters more
than the guns we clamor for.

Holy Spirit, wind and flame,
send us out in Jesus’ name.
May we shout and say, “Enough!”
May we build a world of love—
till the sounds of weapons cease,
till our young can grow in peace.

Tune:  John Edgar Gould, 1871.

Text: Copyright © 2022 by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. All rights reserved.
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Permission is given for free use of this hymn, including in online worship services. For sheet music: God, Our Nation Feels the Loss.

Hymn Note:  See the reference to the Slaughter of the Innocents: “A voice was heard in Ramah, wailing and loud lamentation, Rachel weeping for her children; she refused to be consoled, because they are no more” (Matthew 2:18).  This hymn was written in remembrance of the beloved children of God who died in the school shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.  Many of us, as individuals, do not accept violence, keep silence, or clamor for guns.  Yet, as a nation, we do these things, and as a nation, we need to repent; we need to turn around and live a different way.  All of us are called to do more than sing and pray; please work for gun safety laws in your community and state.

The Rev. Casey Carbone sings “God, Our Nation Feels the Loss”:

The Rev. Casey Carbone (he/him/his) is pastor of The First Presbyterian Church of Mahopac, New York, and the IT/Communications Facilitator for Hudson River Presbytery in New York.