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God Of The Poor (Beauty for brokenness)

Beauty for brokenness
Hope for despair
Lord, in your suffering
This is our prayer
Bread for the children
Justice, joy, peace
Sunrise to sunset
Your kingdom increase!

Shelter for fragile lives
Cures for their ills
Work for the craftsman
Trade for their skills
Land for the dispossessed
Rights for the weak
Voices to plead the cause
Of those who can't speak

God of the poor
Friend of the weak
Give us compassion we pray
Melt our cold hearts
Let tears fall like rain
Come, change our love
From a spark to a flame

Refuge from cruel wars
Havens from fear
Cities for sanctuary
Freedoms to share
Peace to the killing-fields
Scorched earth to green
Christ for the bitterness
His cross for the pain

Rest for the ravaged earth
Oceans and streams
Plundered and poisoned
Our future, our dreams
Lord, end our madness
Carelessness, greed
Make us content with
The things that we need

Lighten our darkness
Breathe on this flame
Until your justice
Burns brightly again
Until the nations
Learn of your ways
Seek your salvation
And bring you their praise

Graham Kendrick
Copyright © 1993 Make Way Music,

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Psalms 107:1-43

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  • Comment Link Ruth Duncan Friday, 31 October 2014 11:21 posted by Ruth Duncan

    I think the video that Graham has posted says a lot about the background of his thinking in the writing of this hymn. There are so many images of people who need action to improve their lives. Compassion, yes, money, yes, but people who will carry the spark of action into the flame of real work for Christ into the fields where people - as Graham said - are met by God in Christ who comes to the rubbish heaps. That "God in Christ" person has to be Someone. You who reads this?

  • Comment Link BJ Hoeltke Thursday, 20 June 2013 17:04 posted by BJ Hoeltke

    Has Graham provided any insight behind the meaning of this hymn, "Beauty for Brokenness?" I am writing an analysis on the hymn and can't find anything substantial written!

    Thanks for any guidance or better would be email contact with Graham!

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