Teach Us Your Peace

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Shortly after the mass shootings in Uvalde and Buffalo, David Bjorlin sent an email with a new hymn text, “Teach Us Your Peace.” It addressed the fatigue I was feeling from the seemingly endless cycle of death and denial. I hope David’s text and my newly composed tune will be a life-giving balm amidst a culture so enamored with weapons and so willing to offer our children to the god of untethered freedom.

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words by David Bjorlin, ©2022 GIA Publications, Inc
music by Greg Scheer, ©June 2, 2022
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1. Teach us your peace when death is all around us
and we are fed the bitter bread of tears;
when hollow words and cowardice confound us
as hope for action once more disappears.
Teach us your peace, and with your love surround us–
your perfect love that casts away our fears.

2. Teach us your peace where weapons meant for killing
are turned to tools to help us grow and thrive,
where hardened hearts are furrowed by your tilling
and stubborn seeds take root and come alive.
Teach us your peace where everyone is willing
to harvest change so children may survive.

3. Teach us your peace till peace rules every nation
and justice springs and streams to every shore,
till you return to cradle all creation
and put an end to violence, hate, and war.
Teach us your peace, a holy habitation
where we will dwell and death will be no more.

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