Scripture Verse

We will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Psalm 46:2–3


Words: Ca­ro­lyn W. Gil­lette, 2010. This hymn was writ­ten in re­sponse to the earth­quake that struck Port-au-Prince, Hai­ti, Jan­ua­ry 12, 2010.

Music: St. Chris­to­pher Fred­er­ick C. Mak­er, in the Bris­tol Tune Book, 1881 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Carolyn W. Gillette (1961–)


In Haiti, there is ang­uish
That seems too much to bear;
A land so used to sor­row
Now knows ev­en more des­pair.
From ci­ty streets, the cries of grief
Rise up to hills above;
In all the sor­row, pain and death,
Where are you, God of love?

A wo­man sifts through rub­ble,
A man has lost his home,
A hun­gry, or­phaned tod­dler sobs,
For she is now alone.
Where are you, Lord, when thou­sands die—
The rich, the poor­est poor?
Were you the ve­ry first to cry
For all that is no more?

O God, you love your child­ren;
You hear each lift­ed pray­er!
May all who suf­fer in that land
Know you are pre­sent there.
In mo­ments of com­pass­ion shown,
In sim­ple acts of grace,
May those in pain find heal­ing balm,
And know your love’s em­brace.

Where are you in the ang­uish?
Lord, may we hear anew
That any­where your world cries out,
You’re there—and suf­fer­ing, too.
And may we see, in oth­ers’ pain,
The cross we’re called to bear;
Send out your church in Je­sus’ name
To pray, to serve, to share.