Father Forgive Them

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11. Father forgive them (Luke 23.34)

Father, forgive them…’ words which Jesus uttered on the cross, praying them fervently with his dying breath;

a blessing on those who were tormenting him. Oh for a love like his!

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Angry faces round you, howling at you

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Mocking crowds all jeering, as they pierce you through

E7

Enemies are sneering and tormenting,

A

It was then I heard you whispering,

D E A A/G# Fm Bm

"Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do to me"

B E A

Then I saw you looking at them… with no return of malice in your eyes.

A D/A A

Totally rejected by your people,

Bm

Totally dejected as they call you names

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Totally ignored they play their gambling games.

A

It was then I heard you whispering,

D E A A/G# Fm Bm

"Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do to me"

B E A

Then I saw you looking at them… with no return of malice in your eyes.

A D/A A

When I too am angry and the pain is there

Bm

When I feel rejection and a deep despair

E7

I see your face before me, and I know you care

A

It is then I hear you whispering,

D E A A/G# Fm Bm

"Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do to me"

B E A

Then I see you looking at them… with no return of malice in your eyes.

E A

Help me to have that same look in my eyes.

©1992 Sheila Hamil