1 O God, your hand the heavens made
And all that they contain;
The world appeared at your command,
And in it now you reign.
The restless sea, the land, the sky
Your handiwork declare;
The touch of your creative pow'r
Is present ev'rywhere.
2 To us are given gifts divine;
All talents you have sent.
Inspire us now to use them well
Your kingdom to extend.
We hold each gift a trust from you
Nor claim it as our own;
We gratefully acknowledge, Lord,
All things are yours alone.
3 Deliver us from selfish aims;
True stewards we would be.
Endow us with a deep desire
To live unselfishly.
A full accounting we must give
And see you face to face;
Let us approach your throne with joy,
Supported by your grace.
Cross, Frank LeRoy. (Oklahoma, 1904- ). Evangelical United Brethren. Graduated from United Theological Seminary, Dayton. Pastor in Oklahoma, editor of Lorenz Publishing Co., Dayton. Winner of the Hymn Society of America contest for hymns based on the Bible, with "Go forth, strong word of God," issued at the time of the introduction of the Revised Standard Version. Has written other hymns for various denominations.
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