You call us to the wilderness (website only)

You call us to the wilderness,
an empty, barren land.
The challenge is to break away
and then to trust your hand.
You call us to the wilderness
to concentrate the mind
on letting go of many things
that stifle humankind.

You call us to the wilderness
but all we see is loss:
for it’s a challenge to believe
the “power” of the cross.
You call us to the wilderness
to show a stronger way:
that power only has effect
when weakness wins the day.

You call us from the wilderness
and emptiness gives way,
enlivened by your Spirit’s breath,
returning to the day.
You call us from the wilderness
to diff’rent barren lands
to breathe the message of the cross
for other empty hands.

Words: © 2015, Paul Wood and Ian Worsfold

Metre: 86.86.D. (Double Common Metre)Posts

Suggested tunes: Kingsfold (StF 231), Watson (StF 674)

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Categories: 86.86.D. Double Common Metre, Conflict, Suffering and Doubt, Kingsfold, Latest hymns (submit to stfplus@methodistchurch.org.uk), Lent/Christ's temptation, Our Journey with God, Watson, Wood, Paul (auth), Worsfold, Ian (auth).

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