Before the Dawn Had Broken

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1 Before the dawn had broken,
before God's lamp was spent,
a boy heard someone calling
and wondered what it meant.
The old priest reassured him,
so Samuel, without fear,
said, ""God, your servant listens,
and waits, your word to hear.""

2 A young lad went to battle
a giant ten feet tall,
while others watched and trembled,
and thought to see him fall.
Said David, ""God protects me;
I come in God's own name.""
God helped him save the people,
by faith make good his claim.

3 The soldier was a leper
who thought his doom was sure,
but then a young girl told him,
"God's prophet has a cure."
She sent him to Elisha
who showed him what to do.
and he, made whole and healthy,
saw he could trust God too.

4 The multitude was hungry.
“We have no food,” they said.
A little boy came forward
to share his fish and bread.
“It is enough,” said Jesus,
“this gift of love will last.”
He blessed the loaves and fishes,
and no one had to fast.

5 A child becomes a prophet,
a shepherd boy a king,
a maid, a means of healing.
a boy, of offering.
May we have faith like children,
like them come to believe
that when we trust love’s power
great blessings we receive.

Source: Faith That Lets Us Sing: fifty new hymns and short worship songs #22

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 >

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First Line: Before the dawn had broken
Title: Before the Dawn Had Broken
Author: Mary Nelson Keithahn (2005)
Meter: D
Language: English
Copyright: © 2017 Wayne Leupold Editions, Inc.


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