Commentary
Amber Alert, Lord! What do we hear?
Someone is lost, Lord! We feel the fear.
Is it a child, Lord, taken from home,
Taken from loved ones, frightened, alone?
We hear the danger! What is the plan?
Gather as neighbors! Walk hand in hand!
We would move mountains, we’d sacrifice
To save a child, Lord, to save a life.
Down at the border, Amber Alert:
Children are taken, children are hurt.
Lord, this injustice must make you weep:
Why can’t their mothers sing them to sleep?
Why don’t we cry, Lord, why don’t we shout?
Why— as a nation— don’t we turn out?
Why don’t we stop and help as we would
For someone lost in our neighborhood?
You will judge nations based on their deeds:
Will we respond to these families’ needs?
Christ, in the stranger can we see you?
Lord, in this crisis, what will we do?
 
ADELAIDE 5.4.5.4 D ("Have Thine Own Way, Lord”)
Biblical reference: Matthew 25:31-46
Tune: George Coles Stebbins, 1907
Text: Copyright © 2018 by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. All rights reserved.
 
Please share this hymn about the week's news with pastors and church musicians for possible use (quote in sermon, sung by soloist, summer choir, and/or congregation).
Elven more hymns to support immigrants and refugees are available at http://www.carolynshymns.com/topical_index.html#sublist_I
Carolyn gives permission for free use of these hymns to churches seeking to help immigrant children.
 

Carolyn Winfrey Gillette is the author of over 400 hymns that have been sung by thousands of congregations around the world, and are found in 20 books and thousands of web sites, including www.carolynshymns.com. Many of her hymns are published at Sojourners and are also found in Christian Century magazine, The New Yorker, National Public Radio, and PBS-TV. She and her husband Bruce are Presbyterian ministers who have served congregations in Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey. View the Sojourners video on Carolyn's hymns here.

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