Today, watching my Facebook newsfeed fill with stories of people hurt by racism, tragedies, and misunderstandings, this hymn spoke grace into this day. I offer it as a prayer that God’s claim on this world may be more fully realized and all will feel God’s love.
God, Whose Love Is Always Stronger
BEACH SPRING 188.8.131.52 D (“God, Whose Giving Knows No Ending”) ____________________________________________________________________
God, whose love is always stronger
Than our weakness, pride and fear,
In your world, we pray and wonder
How to be more faithful here.
Hate too often grows inside us;
Fear rules what the nations do.
Give us love, Lord! Make us new!
Love is patient, kind and caring,
Never arrogant or rude,
Never boastful, all things bearing;
Love rejoices in the truth.
When we’re caught up in believing
War will make the terror cease,
Show us Jesus’ way of living;
May our strength be in your peace.
May our faith in you be nourished;
May your churches hear your call.
May our lives be filled with courage
As we speak your love for all.
Now emboldened by your Spirit
Who has given us new birth,
Give us love, that we may share it
Till your love renews the earth!
Suggested Tune: The Sacred Harp, 1844. Harm. James H. Wood, 1958. Alternate Tunes: ABBOT’S LEIGH 184.108.40.206 D (“God Is Here!”) by Cyril Vincent Taylor, 1941; HYFRYDOL 220.127.116.11 D (“Alleluia! Sing to Jesus!”) by Rowland Hugh Prichard, 1831. Biblical References: Romans 8:28-39, 2 Corinthians 12:9, John 3:7, Revelation 21:5, 1 Corinthians 13:4-5, John 14:27, Matthew 5-7, 1 Thessalonians 2:2, John 3:16, 17:18, Psalm 46:9, and Romans 8:22. Text: ©2003 Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. All rights reserved. Carolyn Winfrey Gillette and Bruce Gillette are pastors at Limestone Presbyterian Church, Wilmington, Delaware. Carolyn is the author of Gifts of Love: New Hymns for Today’s Worship (Geneva Press, 2000).