585 ~ When Christ Was Lifted From the Earth


When Christ was lifted from the earth His arms stretched out above Through every culture, every birth, To draw an answering love.


Still east and west His love extends And always, near or far, He calls and claims us as His friends And love us as we are.


Where generation, class or race Divides us to our shame He sees not labels but a face, A person and a name.


Thus freely loved, tho' fully known May I in Christ be free To welcome and accept His own As Christ accepted me.