Lord, Hear the Cries of Children
Words: Carolyn Winfrey Gillette, 2014
Music: tune, PASSION CHORALE, Hans Leo Hassler, 1601
Scriptures: Mark 10:13-16; James 1:27
Topics: children; youth; abuse; violence; hunger; poverty; justice; injustice; neglect
Carolyn Winfrey Gillette has composed this hymn that challenges us to care for the needs of children in difficult circumstances. She writes, "This hymn is written with gratitude for foster parents, social workers and others who do seek to do their best for abused and neglected children and youth. It is written as a prayer for the many children and youth who are failed by a broken system that too often ignores their cries and rights. Parts of this hymn, especially, are written as a prayer for one small boy who was our foster son for nineteen months and no longer is in our care, but always in our hearts."