God’s Goodness – Hymn about nature, farming and God’s love for us in times of stress
(See Hymn Index for other green hymns on this website, available for use in church services)
Tune: C.M. Beatitudo (J.B. Dykes 1823-76) Words usually sung to this tune: Fill thou my life, O Lord my God H&P 792(ii)
- Oh Lord the beauty that we see,
Around us everywhere,
The hills and vales, the trees and flowers,
Show forth your loving care.
- The moon and starts that shine by night,
The sun that shines by day,
Were fashioned by your mighty hand,
And your commands obey
- The earth is full of food, oh Lord,
Forgive our selfish greed,
And may we ever seek to share
With those who are in need.
- In times of grief and deep distress,
When all seems dark and drear,
We feel your presence with us Lord
To comfort and to cheer.
- We know not what the future holds,
What trial and alarms,
but this we know that round us are
Your everlasting arms.
Author:- Mrs Mary Whitfield, Low Gill, via Lancaster, N Yorks. (Low Gill is in the Forest of Bowland on the Lancashire/Yorkshire border, near Bentham.)
This hymn won first prize in the local section of the Settle Methodist Circuit Hymn Competition in 2001 . This hymn is especially meaningful as the farmers in the area had been suffering all year under the worry of Foot and Mouth, and some farms in Lancashire and Yorkshire had to be culled. The livelyhood of small farmers is still under threat.
|This song remains the copyright of the author. The author and publishers have given permission for the words to to be photocopied or used in individual services and classrooms, provided both are credited. www.greenchristian.org.uk She would be pleased to hear where it is being used . Email firstname.lastname@example.org
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