1 How glad we are to be alive
to sing your praise today,
and thank you, God, for gifts of grace
we never can repay:
our lives begun in parents’ love
and nurtured in their care,
creative minds inclined to learn,
and hearts to dream and dare.
2 By grace we came to study here
where doors were opened wide
by wise and caring teachers who
became both friend and guide.
We learned to think, reflect, and act,
to differ and concur,
explored new worlds within, without,
discovered who we were.
3 Your gifts of grace have blessed us all!
How great a debt we owe
to you, our God, for granting us
a chance to learn and grow,
and, as we’ve gone forth in the world,
providing us the means,
and giving us the courage to
pursue our lifelong dreams.
4 Could joyful songs our gratitude
and praise alone declare,
from dawn to dusk we’d harmonize
on alleluia airs!
Yet from your prophets we have learned
you ask for more than song;
you call for justice, peace, and love
where there is hurt and wrong.
5 Most merciful and gracious God,
we promise you today
we’ll try to give back what we owe
by walking in your way,
by being kind to those in need,
and helping those who fall,
by seeking justice for the poor,
and peace for one and all.
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 >
Display Title: How Glad We Are to Be AliveFirst Line: How glad we are to be aliveTune Title: CARLETONAuthor: Mary Nelson KeithahnMeter: CMDScripture: Micah 6:8; Luke 12:48Date: 2017Subject: Education |