OUR FAULTS DIVIDE AND HINDER (words by Fred Kaan)

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Lyrics

Our faults divide and hinder;
your grace can make us one.
We wonder at your rising,
your light is like the sun.

You are our expectation
in loneliness and pain;
your healing and your pardon
are greater than our sin.

God, look upon the starving
and set the captive free;
share out among the people
the bread of unity.

How happy are the people
who strive to be at one,
who live as sisters, brothers,
who lay their hatred down..

O God, whose silent Spirit
enlightens and endows,
make us in faith receptive
and help us love your house.

The cross will draw together
the round of humankind;
in Christ shall all the people
their true communion find.

Death can no longer hurt us,
triumphant is your Word.
Let life now grow and blossom,
O Jesus, risen Lord!

Author / Composer Comments

• Author Fred Kaan, from his book The Only Earth We Know (Stainer & Bell / Hope Publishing Co., 1999, page 122): “I was commissioned to translate this original French text by Dominique Ombrie for the 1974 edition of Cantate Domino.”

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