GOD, OUR REFUGE AND STRENGTH FOREVER
OUR LORD GOD, YOU are our REFUGE and STRENGTH forever,
On earth, YOU have walked with man at his best
Empowered by YOUR grace and strength;
You have also experienced the horrendous abuse,
The bestiality, the greed, the violence
The corruption of the soul of man, at his worst.
O LORD GOD, it is too marvellous for words to describe
The depth of YOUR understanding and compassion,
That YOU readily forgive and still continue to love him;
YOUR MERCY goes on generation after generation!
Without YOUR COMPASSION, LORD, man will not have salvation!
O LORD JESUS, let YOUR Compassion bring
GRACE to strengthen, COMFORT to gladden,
HOLY SPIRIT to purify, HOLINESS to love
Eternal Refuge under YOUR ALMIGHTY wings!
YOU are the SAME yesterday, today, tomorrow,
O Resurrected LORD, let YOUR MERCY us follow,
Enable a loving heart-change in man today!
Man needs YOU today, more than yesterday!
Unless we strive for a heart change,
How can we rise beyond our myopic concerns,
To kindness, gentleness, holiness?
O LORD GOD, strengthen us daily
Guide us in all our actions;
Enable us to look away from petty self-interest,
Build in us a character of integrity;
Help us to endure patiently,
Teach us loving compassion for others,
Most of all, sustain our effort
To revere and love GOD with all our heart,
And love our fellow-men as ourselves!
Treating others as we want them to treat us!