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Beauty for brokenness

Beauty for brokenness. Graham Kendrick* (1950- ). This song was written in 1993 for the 25th anniversary of the charity Tearfund. It was influenced by a visit that Kendrick had made to India in 1992 and his perception of the contrast between Indian poverty and Western affluence. It was included in his CD album Spark to a Flame (1993), and has since been included in a number of mainstream hymn books, including the Australian Together in Song: Australian Hymn Book II (1999) [TIS], Sing Glory (1999), ICH5 (2000) and the Scottish CH4 (2005). Kendrick’s tune takes its name from the first line of the refrain (by which the hymn is sometimes known), GOD OF THE POOR. Nancy Jiwon...

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