When will people cease their fighting?
When will armies wage no war,
nation 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, drought 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, praying,
purpose in their hearts to be
instruments of peace, committed
to the nations' 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.