FAITH WRITES THE HYMN (words by Shirley Erena Murray)

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Verse 1 sung by David Moddle and accompanied by Ron Klusmeier.

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Lyrics

Faith writes the hymn that celebrates the world,
tomorrow’s world, more hopeful than today’s;
God sets the key for faith to call the tune,
and make of us the instruments of praise.

Faith uses song to stir us and move on,
to rally and to raise our spirits high,
to whistle up the courage to be changed,
and lift our wings in learning how to fly.

Faith needs a song to heal our deepest pain:
lament and loss would silence us in tears.
God gives us music to anoint the soul,
and speak in ways that only sorrow hears.

Faith writes the hymn that keeps us singing hope,
although we cannot see the sun will shine;
faith sets a lively rhythm to our step,
and draws our hearts to beat with the divine.

Author / Composer Comments

Author Shirley Erena Murray, from her book Touch the Earth Lightly (Hope Publishing Co., 2008, page 151): “This [text] was a response to Vaclav Havel’s words: ‘Hope is an orientation of the spirit, an orientation of the heart. It is not only the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out.’”

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