Faith begins by letting go,
giving up what had seemed sure,
taking risks and pressing on,
though the way feels less secure:
pilgrimage both right and odd,
trusting all our life to God.
Faith endures by holding on,
keeping mem’ry’s roots alive
so that hope may bear its fruit;
promise-fed, our souls will thrive,
not through merit we possess
but by God’s great faithfulness.
Faith matures by reaching out,
stretching minds, enlarging hearts,
sharing struggles, living prayer,
binding up the broken parts;
till we find the commonplace
ripe with witness to God’s grace.
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Author: Carl P. Daw
Carl P. Daw, Jr. (b. Louisville, KY, 1944) is the son of a Baptist minister. He holds a PhD degree in English (University of Virginia) and taught English from 1970-1979 at the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia. As an Episcopal priest (MDiv, 1981, University of the South, Sewanee, Tennesee) he served several congregations in Virginia, Connecticut and Pennsylvania. From 1996-2009 he served as the Executive Director of The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada. Carl Daw began to write hymns as a consultant member of the Text committee for The Hymnal 1982, and his many texts often appeared first in several small collections, including A Year of Grace: Hymns for the Church Year (1990); To Sing God’s Praise (1992), New… Go to person page >
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Display Title: Faith Begins by Letting GoFirst Line: Faith begins by letting goTune Title: LUX PRIMAAuthor: Carl P. Daw Jr, b. 1944Meter: 18.104.22.168.7.7Scripture: Joshua 1:6-9; Joshua 3:1-3; Psalm 131; Proverbs 3:5-6; James 1:17Date: 2013Subject: Discipleship | ; Trust in God | ; Unity and Fellowship |Source: Prayer text: John Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion, III.2.7, and James 1:17