Wednesday, October 31, 2012


"In Times of Great Decision" reflects a hopeful possibility amid much cynicism and hyperbole

A few election cycles ago, Michael B. Ross sent me the following contemporary hymn by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. It is sung to the tune of "The Church's One Foundation." To me, it reflects a hopeful possibility and sacredness amid much cynicism and hyperbole.

In times of great decision,
Be with us, God, we pray!
Give each of us a vision
Of Jesus' loving way.
When louder words seem endless
And other voices sure,
Remind us of your promise:
Your love and truth endure.

O God, whose gifts are countless,
You send us bearing peace.
You fill our dreams with justice
For all communities.
You give us global neighbors
That all may justly live.
May those we choose as leaders
Reflect the life you give.

0 God, you bridged the distance;
You opened wide your door.
You call us by our presence
To reach to serve the poor.
You teach us: Welcome strangers!
Seek justice on the earth!
May those we choose as leaders
See every person's worth.

You call on every nation
To put aside all greed,
To care for your creation
And for your ones in need,
To care for those in prison,
For children, for the ill.
In times of great decision,
may we choose leaders well.

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