Woman stooping, bent and burdened (website only)

God’s Delight

Woman stooping, bent and burdened,
Eyes downcast towards the ground,
Jesus beckons you to freedom,
Lift your head and gaze around.
Sister, you are God’s delight,
Tall and grace-full in God’s sight!

Woman, drained of life’s sweet forces,
Ebbing vital strength away,
Touch his robe, soak in his power,
Jesus makes you whole today.
Sister, you are God’s delight,
Health and dignity your right!

Woman, trapped by expectations,
Plaster saint or duteous slave,
Jesus offers choice and challenge,
Break the mould, be bold and brave.
Sister, you are God’s delight,
Live the life and fight the fight!

Woman, self-abasing, fearful,
Clinging to your Master’s feet,
Set him free – he longs to raise you,
In new life your Lord to greet.
Sister, you are God’s delight,
Shout God’s praise with all your might!

Text: © 2002 Gillian Collins

Metre: 87.87.77.

Suggested tunes: All Saints (StF 725; H&P 60ii); Fortunatus New (StF 643)

Verse 1: Luke 13:10–13
Verse 2: Luke 8:42b–48
Verse 3: Luke 1:26–33
Verse 4: John 20:10–18

Originally written in a workshop at a Women’s Network conference led by Dr Nicola Slee.

Categories: 87.87.77., All Saints, Collins, Gillian, Fortunatus New, Hymns only online (submit to stfplus@methodistchurch.org.uk), Monk, William Henry, Reconciliation and Healing, Schalk, Carl F., Women against Violence.

2 Responses to Woman stooping, bent and burdened (website only)

  1. Gillian Collins says:

    Thank you for including one of my hymns in the Singing the Faith Plus Worship Resources. There are some others I would like considered – where should I address them please?

    • Editor says:

      Gillian, this is a lovely hymn, with its refrain of “Sister, you are God’s delight”. You will have seen, I hope, that it is referenced in the resources for Mothering Sunday 2012 (now situated in our newly created Worship Resources archive section: http://www.singingthefaithplus.org.uk/?p=5522). We would love to see further texts for consideration. The easiest way to submit material is to email it, if possible, to stfplus@methodistchurch.org.uk. Alternatively, anything posted to the Methodist Church offices in Marylebone Road will be forwarded to the editor.

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