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Problems with hymns…

Too tired now to make theological sense of the destruction of earthquakes, but somehow the kids song I was going to do in the morning:

” My God is so big, so strong and so mighty there’s nothing my God cannot do,

The mountains are his and rivers are his and thew stars are his handiwork too”

feels  bit too simplistic..

and, oh dear, the ” Like a mighty river flowing… ” hymn for evensong chosen before the Japanese earthquake errupted is a bit insenstive now….

How about ” God moves in a mysterious way, his wonders to perform”

God moves in a mysterious way
His wonders to perform;
He plants His footsteps in the sea
And rides upon the storm.

Um… how do we feel about saying he rides on the storm of a Tsunami?

I quit – the only hymn which copes with all of this for me is:

. God is Love; and love enfolds us,a

all the world in one embrace:

with unfailing grasp God holds us,

every child of every race.

And when human hearts are breaking

under sorrow’s iron rod,

then we find that self-same aching

deep within the heart of God.

March 12, 2011 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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