1 God has chosen what is foolish,
what is easy to despise,
to save us from our own wisdom
and to shame what we call wise.
God has chosen what is weakest,
what cannot be counted on,
to save us from our own power
and to shame what we call strong.
2 What is strong by human measure?
War and wealth seem strong and real.
What is weak? A human body,
met by fists and wood and steel.
Yet the body of our Jesus
has defied the cross and grave.
God has cherished what is fragile,
come in Christ to mend and save.
3 God has chosen what is nothing
to be something in his sight,
and to send into the shadows
those who seem to own the light.
Some things seeming now the greatest
will be dream-like, fading fast.
God has chosen what is empty
to be filled with joy at last.