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an offering … Christ shows his face

Thought twice about this but it just feels right.  I feel the impact of Hurricane Sandy half a world away. Apologies to those who’ve come across this via other forums, but I’ve done a cut-n-paste of a song just re-offered to a lectionary worship e-list I’m on.

Greetings again.

Wanted this posting to be separate from the last one.
Here in Brisbane, Australia I have paid particular interest in the impact and devastation and grief brought by Hurricane Sandy.
I say this for two reasons:
  1. through my US-born wife, Dale I have considerable family in the U.S.A. in such states (among others) as North Carolina, Florida, Pennsylvania and Ohio.  When their lives and livelihood are affected or even potentially so, my life is affected too. Christ rejoices when we rejoices.  Christ is in sorrow when we are in sorrow.
  2. in January 2011, our home in Brisbane was impacted by the floods which besieged so much of Queensland and indeed other parts of Australia.   It’s ‘easy’ (though still raw) to empathize with brothers and sisters half a world away at this time.
Within days of the January floods here in Australia, I wrote a song (which I probably posted to this list then) called Christ shows his faceI offer it again. I believe the sentiments are as relevant in New York or New Jersey (to name but two places) as they were in my situation and so many others down under almost 12 months ago. music scoremp3 vocal

Christ shows his face
when lives are pained
weary hearts are breaking.
shows God’s grace
while troubles rise,
past foundations shaking

Every smile
Every hand
Every soft embracing
Christ shows his face
when lives are pained,
hope is hard, displacing

Christ shows his face
in thirsting souls
When hunger’s met with feeding
When nakedness for all to see
is met with love’s new clothing

Offered rest
Offered home
Offered hope’s new morning
Christ shows his face
when all seems dark, the
light of Christ keeps shining.

Christ shows his face
in community
extending past their comfort
Sharing tirelessly as one
Self-giving for another

Every smile
Every tear
Every soft embracing, yes
Christ is found
when all seems lost, when
When love’s true heart
When love’s true hope
When love’s true light keeps shining.

David MacGregor  © 2011 Willow Publishing



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