WHEN ALL ELSE IS GONE (words by Shirley Erena Murray)

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Verses 1, 4 and 6 sung by David Moddle and accompanied by Ron Klusmeier.

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When all else is gone, these things remain:
faith, hope and love,
faith, hope and love,

while our life goes on, these things sustain:
faith, hope and love,
faith, hope and love,

faith finds the path,
hope is the start,
love keeps the world
close to God’s heart,

faith may be strong,
hope may be sure
but for the world,
love is the cure.

When all else is gone, through dark and pain,
love will still burn,
love will be born,

when our faith is gone, when hope is vain,
love moves the stone,
love, love alone.

Author / Composer Comments

Author Shirley Erena Murray, from her book Touch the Earth Lightly (Hope Publishing Co., 2008, p.158): “When looking at this familiar text, I had an echo in my mind of the Maori waiata, or greeting song, usually chosen by a woman and used in welcome ceremonies. ‘E toru nga mea’ says simply: ‘There are three things, three very important things which the Bible tells us. There is Faith, and Hope, but the most important thing is Love’”

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