We Pay Respect

1. With open hearts we come this Anzac Day

To pay respect, to ponder and to pray;

We would reflect upon the pers’nal cost

Paid by those grieving and by all “the Lost.”

 

2. With open hearts we come this Anzac Day

To pay respect to those we can’t repay;

As we recall, with sadness and with pride,

We voice our tribute tears can never hide.

 

3. With open hearts we come this Anzac Day

To pay respect, for some have lost their way;

Whose mangled souls and minds we can’t restore;

Caused by the gross brutality of war.

 

4. With open hearts we come this Anzac Day

To pay respect to those whose days are grey;

Who still encounter such an empty space

And love that’s lost — no other can replace.

 

5.  As we depart, as ceremonies cease,

Let us resolve to live our lives in peace;

We can embrace this as God’s only way;

Let love be born again this Anzac Day.

 

 

For use in American congregations, replace “this Anzac Day” with “on Vet’rans Day”

 

Tune:  Eventide (Abide with Me)

 

 

George Stuart has several self-published volumes of new lyrics to well-known hymn tunes.  Check out his website at sites.google.com/site/george007site or email him at george.stuart@exemail.com.au

 

Topics: Ethical Issues, Peace and Justice, and Worship & Liturgy. 8 Points: Point 4: Act As We Believe and Point 6: Peace and Justice. Seasons & Special Events: Veterans' Day. Resource Types: Hymns.

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