BLESS AND KEEP US, GOD (words by Fred Kaan)

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Bless and keep us, God, in your love united,
from your family never separated.
You make all things new as we follow after;
whether tears or laughter, we belong to you.

Blessing shrivels up when your children hoard it;
help us, God, to share, for we can afford it.
Blessing only grows in the act of sharing,
in a life of caring, love that heals and glows.

Fill your world with peace, such as you intended.
Help us prize the earth, love, replenish, tend it.
Lord, uplift, fulfill all who sow in sadness:
Let them reap with gladness, by your harvest thrilled.

Author / Composer Comments

• Author Fred Kaan, from his book The Only Earth We Know (Stainer & Bell / Hope Publishing Co., 1999, page 115): “A translation of a text by the prominent contemporary German hymn-writer, Dieter Trautwein. The original was first sung at the 1979 Kirchentag in Nüremberg. I first introduced the English version at a Kaan Hymn Festival at the 1980 Princeton Conference of the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada. The hymn has become one of the most popular hymns in Europe, having been translated into at least ten languages.”

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