Be Present, God of Love, Draw Near

Be present, God of love, draw near

Author: Mary Nelson Keithahn (1999)
Published in 1 hymnal

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Be present, God of love, draw near
among your people gathered here
to watch and witness what we say,
the promises we make today.
As long ago you gave a sign
in water Jesus turned to wine,
reveal your loving power now
and bless us in our holy vow.

In times of sickness and good health,
in poverty, abundant wealth,
in joys and sorrows we may know,
in springtime joy and autumn glow,
we pledge our loyalty and love
and pray your Spirit, like a dove,
may fall upon us as we stand
before you now, joined hand in hand.

God, when we find in later life,
that conflicts lead us into strife,
may we be honest, patient, kind
in sharing what is on our mind;
and when we differ, even fight,
one saying "wrong," the other "right,"
give us the wit to recognize
that love may need to compromise.

Grant us your eyes of love to see
the person each was meant to be
reflected in the other's face:
a child of God, a gift of grace,
a person worthy of respect,
a life to cherish and protect,
a steadfast, loyal, trusted friend,
beloved now and to life's end.

Author: Mary Nelson Keithahn

Mary Nelson Keithahn, a United Church of Christ minister and church education specialist, works out of her home in Rapid City, South Dakota as a curriculum writer-editor, journalist, and lyricist for musical dramas and anthems. She has also written over eighty hymns, and her texts are included in hymnals or supplements published by the Advent Christian Church, Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, Faith Alive Christian Resources, Alternatives for Simple Living/Selah, Episcopal Church, Presbyterian Church, United Church of Canada and the United Methodist Church. Mary is a Life Member and former board member of Choristers Guild and a Life Member of the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada. She is also a member of ASCAP. --mnk Go to person page >

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First Line: Be present, God of love, draw near
Title: Be Present, God of Love, Draw Near
Author: Mary Nelson Keithahn (1999)
Meter: D
Source: The Song Lingers On
Notes: Alternate tune: FOUNDATION


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