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O God, As We Pause (a hymn)

ST. DENIO (“Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise”)

O God, as we pause from our usual ways,
as millions stay home, as we count passing days,
may we learn what matters—what really has worth.
May we seek your reign as we live here on earth.

May we find your blessings in small, common things;
may we learn the joy that community brings.
In loving our neighbors, in stopping to pray,
may we know your presence in each passing day.

God, may we reflect on a world that has changed—
a world where our values have been rearranged.
For those who once thought they could stand by themselves
now value the workers who restock the shelves.

As greed and injustice are being laid bare,
may we build a nation that’s loving and fair.
God, give us the courage to change what we can,
to work for the justice that’s part of your plan.

So, turn us around, Lord, to make your world new;
May we seek, in all things, to first follow you.
In change and in sorrow may we seek your reign.
O God, in our pausing, restore us again!

Tune: Traditional Welsh hymn, in John Robert’s Caniadau y Cyssegr (Songs of the Sanctuary), 1839 (“Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise”)
Text: Copyright © 2020 by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. All rights reserved.
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