66. Are You the One?

“Are you the one,” they asked him,
“the one who is to come,
or must we go on waiting
for God’s own promised one?”
He gave John’s friends an answer,
so simple, yet profound.
“See for yourself,” said Jesus,
“the signs are all around.

“A lame man’s bed is empty,
he danced with joy today;
a beggar’s cup unneeded,
for he can see his way;
a leper’s bell discarded,
no longer cause for fear.
An ear long tuned to silence
now suddenly can hear!

“No sackcloth now or ashes,
the sinner’s been redeemed;
and into mourners’ tear cups
forgiving love has streamed.
An unused tomb goes begging,
a widow sings her praise:
her precious son is living,
and wondrous are God’s ways!

“Tell John what you have witnessed;
go tell him what you’ve heard:
The sick and poor in spirit
accept God’s living Word.
And blest are those who love me,
who doubt and yet believe,
who hope and wait, expecting
Love’s blessings to receive.”

Text Information
First Line: "Are you the one," they asked him,
Title: Are You the One?
Author: Mary Nelson Keithahn (1997)
Publication Date: 2008
Meter: D
Scripture: Matthew 20:29-34; Matthew 15:29-31; Mark 10:46-52; Mark 7:31-37; Luke 18:35-43; Luke 7:11-17; Luke 4:16-20; Luke 5:12-26; Mark 1:40-45; Matthew 11:1-6
Topic: Biblical Names and Places: John the Baptizer; Comfort and Encouragement; Epiphany and Ministry of Christ (4 more...)
Source: Time Now to Gather
Language: English
Copyright: © 1998 Abingdon Press, admin. by The Copyright Company
Tune Information
Meter: D
Key: G Major
Source: German

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