Are You the One

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"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;
the 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,
a 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."

Author: Mary Nelson Keithahn

Mary Nelson Keithahn, a retired United Church of Christ ordained pastor and church educator, has been a curriculum writer-editor, journalist, and lyricist for musical dramas and anthems. She still works out of her home in Rapid City, South Dakota, as a free-lance writer. In 2016 she published Elfie: Adventures on the Midwest Frontier, a chapter book for children, and Embracing the Light: Reflectioins on God’s Holy Word, a collection of meditations for individual or small group use. Augsburg Fortress also published Sing the Stories of God’s NEW People, the third in a trilogy of Bible story-based collections of songs for young children, written with her longtime colleague, John D. Horman. The two have written over a hundred hymns togethe… Go to person page >



ES FLOG EIN KLEINS WALDVOGELEIN, a German folk tune, was first published in an early-seventeenth-century manuscript collection from Memmingen, Germany. It later became a setting for Christopher Wordsworth's (<a href="/hymn/PsH/361#tuneinfo">PHH 361</a>) "O Day of Rest…

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