GOD WHEN HUMAN BONDS ARE BROKEN (words by Fred Kaan)

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one verse and refrain played on piano by Ron Klusmeier.

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Lyrics

God! when human bonds are broken
and we lack the love or skill
to restore the hope of healing,
give us grace and make us still.

Through that stillness with your Spirit
come into our world of stress,
for the sake of Christ forgiving
all the failures we confess.

You in us are bruised and broken:
hear us as we seek release
from the pain of earlier living;
set us free and grant us peace.

Send us, God of new beginnings,
humbly hopeful into life;
use us as a means of blessing:
make us stronger, give us faith.

Give us faith to be more faithful,
give us hope to be more true,
give us love to go on learning:
God! Encourage and renew!

Author / Composer Comments

• Author Fred Kaan, from his book The Only Earth We Know (Stainer & Bell / Hope Publishing Co., 1999, page 87): “This text, written in 1988, was triggered off (in part) by an experimental order of service compiled by URC minister John Johansen-Berg to help people who have been divorced but who ‘desire release from vows made before God so that they may feel free to make a new beginning’. I should like to think that the hymn may also be helpful in other circumstances where human relationships have broken down.”

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