Sunday, September 25, 2011

greetings from grad school

I've been bogged down in grad school for the past few weeks, hence the lack of activity. Here, though, is the second draft of a hymn I've been working on for a history of church music class. You can read the first draft here. What do you think of the revision? I'm working on a third draft, now, and hoping it will be the final result. Enjoy!

When We Have No Sufficient Answer

When we have no sufficient answer,
Father, we come on bended knee.
When acts of hatred, violence, terror,
Threaten to break our unity,
In faith, to You, we lift our gaze.
Mighty King, You hold all our days.

When darkness comes, our hearts oppressing,
Spirit, You are the strength we need.
We come in weakness, mouths confessing,
“You are True Light, our souls to lead.”
Come with your fire; on us alight.
Burn in our hearts; make darkness bright.

When in our grief we cry in sadness,
Jesus, you promise perfect peace.
You will restore our hearts to gladness
O Living One, our chains release!
Comfort our hearts, wipe tears away,
As in the promised heav’nly Day.

When we are faced with fear and sorrow,
We reaffirm the Trinity.
Strength for each day, hope for tomorrow!
Unchanging Lord, Divinity.
Yours is the victory, battles won.
We rejoice, Father, Spirit, Son.