Saturday, 20 November 2010

Hymn at the time of welfare reform

When selfish actions, acts of state,
or natural faults compound our need,
God give us strength to reach beyond
the limits set by class or creed.

Pre-emptive love must strike to heal
the hurt of our humanity;
to touch the scars and wounds of hate
with steadfast, loving sympathy.

Then give us courage gracious God,
exposing hateful, unjust laws;
to put our lives upon the line,
to counter hurt with faithful force.
© Andrew Pratt 26/10/2010

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