1 Though despair, like deepest darkness
has descended on our land,
and discouraged hope of living
out our faith by your command,
you remind us, God, that sometimes
love seems hidden, but shines on,
offering new life to all people
like the brightness of the dawn.
2 God of love, our dawn in darkness,
shine with hope on our despair;
give us strength to stand for justice,
heart to speak for what is fair.
Give us grace to treat our neighbors
with both kindness and respect,
to befriend outsiders, strangers
other people may reject.
3 In our nation so divided,
in our world that cries for peace,
let your love shine through the darkness,
that all fears and doubts may cease.
Grant us patience, understanding,
and a will to share the light
of your love with one another,
as we seek to do what’s right.
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: Though Despair, Like Deepest DarknessFirst Line: Though despair, like deepest darknessTune Title: LOVE'S LIGHT SHININGAuthor: Mary Nelson KeithahnMeter: 87.87 DScripture: Isaiah 2:5; Isaiah 60:1-3; John 1:4-5Date: 2017Subject: Courage and Perseverance | ; Faith in Troubled Times |