As part of the commemorations to mark the 50th anniversary of the Aberfan Disaster on October 21, 1966, I wrote a new hymn God who knows our darkest moments. It closed the BBC’s Songs of Praise broadcast on October 23, 2016 and was sung by the world-famous Treorchy Male Choir.
The tune, as fits a Welsh reflection, is Dim ond Iesu (Here is love, vast as the ocean). Here is the clip
God who knows our darkest moments
meets us in our brokenness:
walks beside us as a whisper,
holds our pain in his caress.
God, who leads through shadowed valleys,
where death’s bleakness dims our sight,
speaks a peace beyond our knowing,
floods our anguish with his light.
Far beyond our grief’s horizon,
as Creation holds its breath:
Love Divine, revealed in Jesus,
tears apart the chains of death.
Servant son and humble healer,
by your cross and life laid down
you have carried all our suff’ring
and you wear the victor’s crown.
Lift us up, now, risen Saviour
to the place where mercy plays,
where our broken hopes and heartache
find their healing in your gaze.
This is love, that God has saved us!
This is love, that Christ has died!
We rejoice that love has conquered
and has drawn us to your side.