After the presentation, my wife Nimira and I were invited to attend the service. During the service Rev. Marple invited me to say a few words. I took this opportunity to express my gratitude to Canada and the pluralistic values embraced by its citizens that enables me, a Muslim, to speak at a church service.
At the end of the service we all sang the following touching hymn:
In Haiti, There is Anguish
ST. CHRISTOPHER 188.8.131.52.184.108.40.206
("Beneath the Cross of Jesus")
In Haiti, there is anguish that seems too much to bear;
A land so used to sorrow now knows even more despair.
From city streets, the cries of grief rise up to hills above;
In all the sorrow, pain and death, where are you, God of love?
A woman sifts through rubble, a man has lost his home,
A hungry, orphaned toddler sobs, for she is now alone.
Where are you, Lord, when thousands die-the rich, the poorest poor?
Were you the very first to cry for all that is no more?
O God, you love your children; you hear each lifted prayer!
May all who suffer in that land know you are present there.
In moments of compassion shown, in simple acts of grace,
May those in pain find healing balm, and know your love's embrace.
Where are you in the anguish? Lord, may we hear anew
That anywhere your world cries out, you're there-- and suffering, too.
And may we see, in others' pain, the cross we're called to bear;
Send out your church in Jesus' name to pray, to serve, to share.
Tune: Frederick Charles Maker, 1881
Text: Copyright © 2010 by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. All rights reserved.
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