O GOD, TO YOU I CRY IN PAIN (words by Shirley Erena Murray)

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Verses 1 and 3 sung by David Moddle and accompanied by Ron Klusmeier.

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O God, to you I cry in pain
when sickness makes me weak,
when mind and body out of tune
bring fears I cannot speak.

Give me the strength to face my ill,
to trust in skill and care,
to bless the hands that help me heal
and find your spirit there.

Remind me I am not alone
when suffering makes its mark;
be present at my pillow’s side
and help me make it through the dark.

Within the comfort and the love
that human touch can give,
restore in me a larger sense
of what it is to live.

Allow my mind to rest in you,
and let your peace pervade
to hold me in your greater power
and not to be afraid.

Author / Composer Comments

Author Shirley Erena Murray, from her book Touch the Earth Lightly (Hope Publishing Co., 2008, page 155): “I have found very few hymns that do not become unreal and even pietistic about this theme. Many forms of suffering are accompanied by fear, despite the traditional allusions to healing miracles. The effect of human touch and concern is sometimes a miracle in itself.”

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