When Christ Was Lifted From the Earth

Verse 1

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

Verse 2

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

Verse 3

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

Verse 4

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