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Your Spirit, God, Moves Us to Pray

Your Spirit, God, moves us to pray

Author: Mary Nelson Keithahn (1996)
Published in 2 hymnals

Representative Text

Your Spirit, God, moves us to pray
for children in the world today
whose only home may be the street,
who never have enough to eat,
who fear the night, and dread the day,
and cannot go outside to play:
God, bless the children, let them live.
Teach our hearts and hands to give.

Your Spirit, God, moves us to pray
for children in the world today
whose tongues must learn new ways to talk,
who cannot see or hear or walk,
who toil in shops ‘til hands are sore,
who mourn their loved ones lost in war:

Kind, gentle God, this is our prayer:
that we might learn to love and share
the blessings that you shower down—
a loving home, a friendly town,
good food to eat, warm clothes to wear,
and when we’re sick, a doctor’s care:

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 >

Text Information

First Line: Your Spirit, God, moves us to pray
Title: Your Spirit, God, Moves Us to Pray
Author: Mary Nelson Keithahn (1996)
Meter: with refrain
Language: English
Refrain First Line: God, bless the children, let them live


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