Monday, July 02, 2007

"When Will People Cease Their Fighting?"

We sang this hymn by Constance Cherry in church yesterday. It was incredibly moving to me during this time when so many of us long for peace. As I feel it is quite timely, I decided to post the lyrics.

"When Will People Cease Their Fighting?"

When will people cease their figthing? When will armies wage no war,
Nations conquer not their neighbor, weapons idle, used no more?
When will guns and bombs be silent? When will captives be set free?
All creation groans in longing for the world's true liberty.

Floods and earthquakes, draught and famine plague the world with awesome ill;
But far greater is war's horror caused by human, stubborn will.
Blest are those who working, pyaring, purpose in their hearts to be
Instruments of peace, committed to the nation's harmony.

As we strive for peace with vigor, hoping to be shown the way,
We are strengthened in the knowledge of a future, perfect day.
For we know that deeper, richer peace is ours when Christ shall reign.
Then will all our swords be plowshares and God's children free from pain.

May we all find the strength and courage to work toward peace in our world.

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