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God fill our hearts
Hymn poem to meter 11 10 11 10 cf CH4 327 Was lebet, was schwebet. [**Nb quick “dotted” extra syllable at the end of v2 and v4 line 3 ]Based on the prayer of St Basil the Great – c.330-379AD And inspired by Matthew 18:18
1) God fill our hearts to the brim for all sharing
life that you give and the life you sustain:
microbes to whales as from nations to oceans:
Deep Hospitality too, is your Name.
2) God, keep us robustly loving, with wisdom:
mindful of when to step in and step back;
mindful of harm when we claim Earth exclusively:
unjust exploitative selfish attack!
3) God you gave senses to read every warning;
even as praise is supplanted by pain.
Blinkered and armoured, our rich ones denying:
favouring ruin and death as their ‘gain.’
4) Give us delight, now, in every life’s sweetness
lived for the good of the Earth and your praise.
Stories be told that will celebrate unity:
Heaven and Earth, woven beautiful ways.