When we are called to sing your praise

When we are called to sing your praise. Mary Nelson Keithahn* (1934– ). Mary Nelson Keithahn wrote this hymn in 1999 after participating in a ‘Relay for Life’, sponsored by the American Cancer Society. The worship service that ended the event caused her to reflect on the spiritual needs of those around her who were dealing with the pain and suffering or loss of loved ones from the disease. Having lost her husband unexpectedly a decade earlier, Keithahn understood their common need to lament. She dedicated the hymn to Chris Horman and Karen Meyers, two women who showed courage and faith in their long struggles with cancer. Chris Horman died on February 7, 1999. Karen Meyers died on...

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