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Monday, August 19, 2013

Lord, Let Us Rest in You - A New Hymn

Here I am again, trying my hand at hymnody.  This time combining the story of Luke 13: 10 - 17 (the woman bound and unable to stand upright for 18 years healed by Jesus on the Sabbath)  with the music of the Latvian national anthem - Dievs Sveti Latviju (“God Bless Latvia”).


Lord, Let Us Rest in You

For those who have been bound
and those who’ve been turned round,
all those chained to the ground,
Lord, please hear our prayer.
Come take away our grief;
bring joy and sweet relief;
strengthen us to belief,
Lord, please make us well.

Lord, let us rest in you.
Lord, let us rest in you.
Lord, break the chains that bind
and let us rest.
(repeat)

Here now with wounded hearts,
broken in all our parts,
we need your healing art,
Lord, please hear our prayer.
Long have we been confined
and to our fates resigned;
now we leave that behind,
Lord, please make us well.





What I like most about the combination of these words with this melody is the dignity- even in suffering and hurting.  Too often people are made to feel like trash, torn down and told that they deserve whatever pain they have.  "It's your own fault,"  they're told.  No one should be treated that way.

It's my prayer that those who are desperate and  broken and hurting will find rest in God.

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