“Children die …” [a hymn reluctantly reblogged -- yet again]

by Kim on December 15, 2012

Children die from drought and earthquake,
children die by hand of man.
What on earth, and what for God’s sake,
can be made of such a plan?
Nothing — no such plan’s been plotted;
nothing — no such plan exists:
if such suffering were allotted,
God would be an atheist.

Into ovens men drive brothers,
into buildings men fly planes;
history’s losers are the mothers,
history’s winners are the Cains.
Asking where was God in Auschwitz,
or among the Taliban:
God himself was on the gibbets –
thus the question: Where was man?

God of love and God of power –
attributes cannot be squared.
Faith can face the final hour,
doubt and anger can be aired.
Answers aren’t in explanation,
answers come at quite a cost:
only wonder at creation,
and the practice of the cross.

(Suggested Tune: Scarlet Ribbons)

Kim Fabricius

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Richard 12.16.12 at 9:06 am

Thanks Kim. I’ll be using this in worship today. The tune of ‘cradled in a manger meanly’ seems appropriate.


Kim 12.16.12 at 9:14 am

Thanks, Richard.

I looked at the threads in the previous (3) posts, and in the first you commended the “challenging (almost combative)” words in the original version of the hymn in v. 3, l. 2, which I have now reinstated (”attributes cannot be squared” — cf. “attributes in Christ are squared”).


Pam 12.17.12 at 4:16 am

This letter appeared in SMH Letters page today:

Quo vadis NRA, quo vadis USA?


Richard 12.17.12 at 8:42 am

That’s exactly the right question Pam.

Your hymn was very well received yesterday Kim.


Godfrey Rust 12.20.12 at 6:37 pm

Thanks Kim, very well put.

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