The storm came to Honduras, To Nicaraguan towns;
El Salvador felt anguish As rains came crashing down..
O God of wind and water Who made the sea and sky,
Amid such great destruction, We ask a mournful, "Why?"
Great walls of mud and water Swept homes and towns away:
A thousand Rachels weep now For children lost today,
A million madres mourn now As rivers flood the shore--
O Jesus, friend and Savior, You suffer with the poor.
A weaving loom is shattered, A school in ruin lies,
A bridge is washed down-river, A lonely child cries;
O Spirit, send your comfort-- And give us faith that dares.
For when our neighbors suffer Our lives are bound to theirs.
Tune: O Sacred Head, Now Wounded" by Hans Leo Hassler, 1601, Harm. Johann Sebastian Bach, 1729
Romans 12:13, 15; Matthew 25:31-46; I John 3:17-18
Carolyn Winfrey Gillette is a graduate of United Methodist Church-related Lebanon Valley College, and daughter of two active members of the Washington Square United Methodist Church in Hagerstown, MD. This hymn may be freely used in church services raising up the concerns of the disaster caused by Hurricane Mitch. E-mail: Bruce_Gillette.firstname.lastname@example.org