♫ Hymn of the Month: A Great Find

1-14Introduction by Barbara Howard of Independence, Missouri, USA

 … let all of us speak the truth to our neighbors, for we are members of one another.

—Ephesians 4:25

 “Why Should the Earth Disclose a Face” was written by the late Geoffrey F. Spencer. He wrote it for a worship service about justice. It’s never been published. Geoff was one of the most compassionate people I’ve ever known, and his compassion included the aching Earth as well as those who suffered from neglect and war.

His humility was such that he was rarely in the limelight, and then only because he was beloved by so many. This hymn reflects the time in which we live and the call to us to become God’s people in the world.

 Why should the earth disclose a face
distraught by pain and anguish?
And how can hearts that beat with ours,
in tortured bondage languish?
Should men despair, or women weep,
in cruel deprivation;
or haunted eyes in children mock
the bounties of creation?

Oh, may our hearts be tuned to hear
their cries of quiet weeping;
and may the echoes of distress
disturb our restful sleeping.
The rich resources of the earth,
a table set for sharing;
are bread and wine for humankind,
a sacrament of caring.

The Word made flesh in Christ declares
our lives belong to others;
so let us take our stand beside
our sisters and our brothers.
Let heart and hand reach out across
the walls of tribe and nation;
till every voice on earth shall raise
a hymn of jubilation.

Prayer for Peace
As you weep with us, compassionate God, may we weep with those who are in pain and anguish, and do not know Christ’s peace.

Spiritual Practice for Today: Contemplate this hymn as a poem.

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