The second of two environment-themed hymns to be released as part of Jubilate's new Hymns for Our Contemporary World Collection. Click here for the other new hymn O God of boundless hope.

For more information about the project click here. The other ten hymns will be released during September 2021.

1 You made a universe so full of wonder, 
gave us a world to cherish and to hold.
But we have treated it as ours to plunder:
what you gave freely, we have bought and sold.
What you made perfect, we have torn asunder:
do not, O Lord, your healing power withhold.

2 In generous love, the pattern of your caring,   
we have been blessed with more than we could need.
But we have hoarded what was meant for sharing,
corrupting what you gave as fruitful seed;
and still it is your poorest children bearing
the cost of all our selfishness and greed.

3 We hear the voice that calls our generation,
the urgent cry of beauty scarred by pain.
Our lives must change in this and every nation
so prayer and action shall not be in vain;
we pledge to live in ways of restoration
until your earth is whole and good again.

 

Author: Ally Barrett

Music: Peter Burton

Can also be sung to FINLANDIA