FOR OURSELVES NO LONGER LIVING (words by Fred Kaan)
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For ourselves no longer living,
let us live for Christ alone;
of ourselves more strongly giving,
go as far as he has gone:
Son of God who chose to be
one with us to set us free.
If we are to live with others,
share as equals human worth,
join the round of sisters, brothers,
that encircles all the earth!
All the fullness earth affords,
is the people’s, is the Lord’s.
Fighting fear and exploitation
is our daily common call;
finding selfhood, building nations,
sharing what we have with all.
As the birds that soar in flight,
let us rise and face the light.
Let us rise and join the forces
that combine to do God’s will,
wisely using earth’s resources,
human energy and skill.
Let us now, by love released,
celebrate the future’s feast!
Words Copyright © 1975 by Hope Publishing Company, Carol Stream, IL (www.hopepublishing.com) for the USA and Canada; and Stainer & Bell Limited, London, England, (www.stainer.co.uk) for all other territories.
Author / Composer Comments
• Author Fred Kaan, from his book The Only Earth We Know (Stainer & Bell / Hope Publishing Co., 1999, page 90): “This was written for the 1974 Lusaka Assembly of the All Africa Conference of Churches. The theme of the Assembly, ‘Living no longer for ourselves’ was based on 2 Corinthians 5:15.”Back to top