502. Dear God, Embracing Humankind

1 Dear God, embracing human-kind,
forgive our foolish ways;
Reclothe us in our rightful mind,
in purer lives your service find,
in deeper reverence, praise.

2 In simple trust like theirs who heard,
beside the Syrian sea,
The gracious calling of your word,
let us, like them, be spirit stirred,
rise up and followers be.

3 O sabbath rest by Galilee!
O calm of hills above!
There Jesus met you prayerfully:
the silence of eternity,
interpreted by love.

4 Drop your still dews of quietness,
till all our strivings cease;
Take from our souls the strain and stress,
and let our ordered lives confess
the beauty of your peace.

5 Breathe through the pulses of desire
your coolness and your balm;
Let sense be numb, let flesh retire;
speak through the earthquake, wind, and fire,
O still, small voice of calm.

Text Information
First Line: Dear God, embracing humankind
Title: Dear God, Embracing Humankind
Author: John Greenleaf Whittier (1872, alt.)
Language: English
Publication Date: 1995
Scripture: ; ;
Topic: Consecration; Discipleship; Gospel Call and Response (5 more...)
Notes: Alternate tune: REPTON (repeating last phrase)
Tune Information
Name: REST
Composer: Frederick C. Maker
Key: D Major

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