These rewritten lyrics to this classic hymn filled my thoughts in the days after the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida on February 14, 2018. There were 17 fatalities. So many children (and adults) have lost their lives to senseless gun violence. If the church wants to be a prophetic voice, we must take action. As school shootings continued, these words were cemented in my mind and I had to write them down.
An open safe-space is our God,
A symbol ever changing,
Our helper God among the crowd,
Of children desperately wailing.
They once were charged to learn,
But now they grow concerned,
Some kids are filled with hate—
They’re armed with guns and wait,
to snuff out life so precious.