Dust and Ashes

(Gordon Light)

Music by Gordon Light
Words by Gordon Light
Tune Name: DUST AND ASHES

Lyrics as Poetry

In the days of dust and ashes,
in nights of rising fear,
in the hour when hope is dashed,
and we are bent in silent tears;
When earth in terror trembles,
when rivers rage and overflow.
When the ground beneath us shudders,
and angry winds begin to blow;

God, lift our eyes to see your presence.
Lift our hearts from deep despair.
Give us voice to offer solace,
give us hands to offer care.
Lift our hearts.
Lift our hearts.
Lift our hearts.

These are the days of dust and ashes.
These are the nights of rising fear.
This is the hour when hope is dashed.
This is the hour of silent tears.
Let these times be met with courage
though our words are worn and weak.
Let our hands not shrink from holding,
and our wills not fear to break.

God, lift our eyes to see your presence.
Lift our hearts from deep despair.
Give us voice to offer solace,
give us hands to offer care.
Lift our hearts.
Lift our hearts.
Lift our hearts.


Words by
Gordon LightCopyright © 2011 by Common Cup Music Society

Comments About Song

by Author & Composer
GORDON LIGHT


In the many moments when terror strikes — whether in the violence of natural disaster or of human heartlessness — we call on God to lift us from a sense of helplessness to give ourselves to one another.

I see this as a song about facing into the pain of both the earth when it is in distress, or people’s assaulted by war, with prayer to exercise faith and courage.


ADDITIONAL NOTE: “Dust and Ashes”
is one of 15 original selections found on
“Earth Beneath Your Feet”, one of the many
Common Cup Company CD recordings.


AUDIO SAMPLE
"Dust and Ashes"

This sample is the song in its entirety from Common Cup Company's CD, "Earth Beneath Your Feet".
(See "Comments" to view CD cover)

Scripture References

  • Matthew 26:36-44
  • Mark 13:1-8
  • Mark 13:24-37
  • Luke 21:5-19
  • Luke 21:25-36

Season, Theme
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  • Conflict
  • Courage
  • Fear
  • Perseverance
  • Storm
  • Suffering
  • Violence

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