O God, whose will is life and peace

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1 O God, whose will is life and good
For all of mortal breath,
Unite in bonds of servant-hood
All those who strive with death.

2 Make strong their hands and hearts and wills
To drive disease afar,
To strive against the body's ills
And wage your healing war.

3 By healing of the sick and blind,
Christ's power they proclaim;
It is the great physician's mind
Still heals the bruised and lame.

4 Assert to them your grace and will,
And teach them, heart and soul,
To consecrate to you their skill
Who makes the suff'rer whole.

Source: Lutheran Worship #396

Author: Rolland W. Schloerb

Of Chicago, Illinois. --Five New Hymns on the City , 1954. Used by permission. Go to person page >

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First Line: O God, whose will is life and peace
Author: Rolland W. Schloerb
Copyright: Words Copyright by Rolland Schloerb. Used by permission of Edith G. Schloerb.



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