When life for us is full of comfort,
when wealth and plenty overflow,
Lord, make us truly see our neighbours;
their pain and need bring us to know.
Families that wander lost and homeless,
youth filled with hatred and despair
teach us to understand their anger,
help us to act your loving care.
When strife and turmoil rage around us,
when right and right in conflict stand,
save us, O God, from easy answers
that do not meet your truth's demand.
Lord, make us ask deep probing questions,
ponder our motives, search our soul;
teach us to live by love and justice,
striving to make creation whole.
(Words by Joy F. Patterson, Hymn 718, Covenant Hymnal)