LLANGLOFFAN 188.8.131.52 D (“Rejoice, Rejoice, Believers”)
O Lord, the Spirit led you into the wilderness;
For forty days the devil would put you to the test.
You fasted! You were famished! And soon the devil said,
“If you’re God’s Son, then show it: just turn this stone to bread.”
Yet, Christ, your way was steady— as solid as that stone;
You trusted in God’s promise, and not in bread alone.
Nor would you bow to earn you a kingdom made of sod,
For everyone must offer allegiance unto God.
High on the temple tower, you heard the tempter say:
If you think God has power, then simply step this way!
But you rebuked the devil, said, “No!”, and turned around;
When others fell for evil, you stood on solid ground.
You were, in most ways, like us, and yet you did not sin.
We’re grateful you walk with us as Lenten days begin.
May we, in each decision, be faithful, strong and sure.
May we, too, have a vision of things that will endure.
Biblical References: Luke 4:1-13
Tune: Traditional Welsh melody, from Daniel Evans’ Hymnau a Thonau (Hymns and Tunes), 1865.
Text: Copyright © 2019 by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. All rights reserved.
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