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Forgive, Forgive Us, Holy God

Forgive, forgive us, holy God!
Your children call on you to hear!
       Our blood is on each other's hands,
       we die from hunger, lies and fear.

Forgive us that our souls are numb
to scenes of terror, screams of pain;
       that while we pray 'Your kingdom come'
       our world is still a battle plain.

Forgive the minds no longer shocked
by homeless poor, by lives abused,
       forgive us that the earth is stacked
       with weapons waiting to be used.

Forgive us that our household gods
are self and safety, private need,
       forgive us all our fitful prayers,
       the token gift, the token deed.

Give us this day the bread of peace,
the hands to share a common good,
       the hearts to ache for justice's sake,
       the will to stand where Jesus stood.

Shirley Erena Murray
Words © 1996 Hope Publishing Company

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Collections: A Place at the Table - Murray|Every Day in Your Spirit - Murray|Faith, Hope, and Love - Lim|Hymns for Our Time - Hopson

Scriptural Reference: Matthew 6:9-14

Theme: Forgiveness

Author(s): Murray, Shirley Erena (More Hymns | Biography)

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Date Uploaded: Mon Jun 9 12:31:50 2008

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