ALL OVER CREATION (words by Shirley Erena Murray)
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All over creation
joy spills into light,
stars, candles ablaze this Christmas night;
where Jesus is sleeping,
peace kisses the earth,
O that we could know who Mary has brought to birth!
This child will bring freedom,
this child will release
wellsprings of compassion, ways to peace,
this child will bring healing,
this child will inspire
love answering love, and spirit to Spirit’s fire.
This child will befriend us,
this child will invite
all children to share his world’s delight:
this Christ will confront us
when, children no more,
we plunder our planet, crying from want and war.
Let there be a moment
held, as in one breath
when all the earth turns away from death,
peace nursing creation,
peace spreading her wing,
O that we could know what Christmas is meant to bring!
Words Copyright © 1996 by Hope Publishing Company, Carol Stream, IL 60188
Author / Composer Comments
Shirley Erena Murray wrote this “peace carol” in 1995 in response to a melody sent to her by composer Jillian Bray. As I was seeking some new inspiration for the coming Christmas 2008 season, I happened upon these words in Shirley’s 1996 collection “Every Day in Your Spirit” (Hope Publishing Company). I introduced Shirley’s words and my new musical setting to my choir at Knox United Church in Parksville (Vancouver Island, Canada) on Wednesday evening, November 5, 2008. RKBack to top