719. The one who longs to make us whole

1 The one who longs to make us whole
is waiting to embrace
our broken lives, so we can know
the power of healing grace.
God's love surrounds our suffering,
and keeps us through the night;
God helps us bear our deep despair
till we see morning light.

2 The one who saves us from ourselves
is waiting to release
our hearts from chains of self-reproach
and failure to find peace.
When harmful habits leave us bruised,
distraught by inner pain,
God comes to us through trusted friends,
and helps us hope again.

3 The one who understands our need
accept us as we are
and, like a loved one, welcomes us
when we have wandered far.
God never says we come too late
to be forgiven, free,
but promises we can become
the self we're meant to be.

Text Information
First Line: The one who longs to make us whole
Author: Edith Sinclair Downing (b. 1922)
Publication Date: 2005
Meter: DCM
Scripture: Acts 10:38; Lamentations 3:22; Lamentations 3:25-26; Psalm 103:3-5; Psalm 130
Topic: The Church Celebrates: Wholenss and Healing; Despair and Trouble; God: Love of (1 more...)
Copyright: © copyright owner untraced
Tune Information
Composer: Thomas Tallis (c. 1505-1585)
Meter: DCM
Key: B♭ Major
Source: rhythmically simplified version in Church Hymnary, 3rd edition, 1973

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