TO SHOW BY TOUCH AND WORD (words by Fred Kaan)
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To show by touch and word
devotion to the earth,
to hold in high regard
all life that comes to birth,
we need, O God, the will to find
the good you had of old in mind.
Inspire our hearts to choose
the things that matter most,
to speak and do the truth,
creating peace and trust.
For every challenge that we face
we need your guidance and your grace.
Let love from day to day
be touchstone, guide and norm,
and let our lives portray
your Word in human form.
Now come with us, that we may have
your wits about us where we live.
Words Copyright © 1975, 1996 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 58): “First published in 1975 and revised in 1996, this hymn expresses one of my major preoccupations in life: how do we make a good transition from worship in church to representing Christ in the world? I often think the most important ‘liturgical movement’ in worship is the opening of the church doors after the blessing. Now what…?”Back to top