292. Creating God, We Give You Thanks

1 Creating God, we give you thanks
that this your world is incomplete;
that battle calls our marshalled ranks,
that work awaits our hands and feet.

2 You hast not finished woman, man,
for we are in the making still,
as friends who share the Maker’s plan
as those who know your loving will.

3 Beyond the present sin and shame,
wrong’s bitter, cruel, scorching blight,
we see the beckoning vision flame,
the blessèd kingdom of the right.

4 What though the kingdom long delay,
and still with haughty foes must cope?
It gives us that for which to pray,
a field for toil and faith and hope.

5 Since what we choose is what we are,
and what we love we yet shall be,
the goal may ever shine afar,
the will to win it makes us free.

Text Information
First Line: Creating God, we give you thanks
Title: Creating God, We Give You Thanks
Author: William deWitt Hyde (1903, alt.)
Publication Date: 1996
Meter: 8 8 8 8
Topic: God: Creation and Providence; Choice, Decision; Friendship (14 more...)
Tune Information
Name: WAREHAM
Composer: William Knapp (1738)
Meter: 8 8 8 8
Key: A Major



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