God’s People Were Impatient
ANGEL’S STORY 188.8.131.52 D (“O Jesus, I Have Promised”)
God’s people were impatient and spoke against the Lord:
“This wilderness is dried out and we detest the food!
We can’t find any water and so we ask you why,
O God—if you still love us— you’ve brought us here to die.”
As sinning leads to judgment, the people soon knew fear.
For snakes were in the desert and danger lingered near.
So Moses made a bronze snake and placed it on a pole;
Whoever looked upon it was once again made whole.
O God, this Lenten season reminds us of our sin;
We know our lack of trusting, the times our faith wears thin.
We also know your promise to lead us on our way,
To faithfully be near us, to guide us day by day.
Though sinning leads to judgment, repentance is God’s plan;
So on the cross was lifted the suffering Son of Man.
God, may we look upon him and in his suffering see
The one who brings redemption for all humanity.
Biblical Reference: Numbers 21:4-9
Tune: Arthur Henry Mann, 1881.
Text: Copyright © 2012 by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. All rights reserved.