Hymn Meditation

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Son of God, Eternal Savior

Son of God, eternal Savior,
Source of life and truth and grace,
Son of Man, whose birth incarnate
Hallows all our human race,
Thou, our Head Who, throned in glory,
For Thine own dost ever plead,
Fill us with Thy love and pity;
Heal our wrongs, and help our need.

Bind us all as one together
In Thy Church’s sacred fold,
Weak and healthy, poor and wealthy,
Sad and joyful, young and old.
Is there want, or pain, or sorrow?
Make us all the burden share.
Are there spirits crushed and broken?
Teach us, Lord, to soothe their care.

As Thou, Lord, hast lived for others,
So may we for others live;
Freely have Thy gifts been granted,
Freely may Thy servants give.
Thine the gold and Thine the silver,
Thine the wealth of land and sea,
We but stewards of Thy bounty,
Held in solemn trust for Thee.

Come, O Christ, and reign among us,
King of love, and Prince of peace,
Hush the storm of strife and passion,
Bid its cruel discords cease:
By Thy patient years of toiling,
By Thy silent hours of pain,
Quench our fevered thirst of pleasure,
Shame our selfish greed of gain.

Son of God, eternal Savior,
Source of life and truth and grace,
Son of Man, whose birth incarnate
Hallows all our human race,
Thou Who prayedst, Thou Who willest,
That Thy people should be one,
Grant, O Grant our hope’s fruition:
Here on earth Thy will be done.

By Somerset C. Lowry

Source: http://www.cyberhymnal.org/htm/s/g/sgetesav.htm
License: public domain

What five titles does the hymn writer give to Jesus in verse 1?

The hymn writer describes two attributes of Jesus. What are they?

What does verse 1 pray for?

In verse 2, the  hymn writer asks for worldwide church unity. Jesus even prayed for such unity, and the prayer is recorded in John 17. Why is the church not united?

What 4 principles of Christian stewardship are identified in verse 3?

In verse 4, the hymn writer contrasts Christ with ordinary human beings. What is the difference?

Despite all human failings, what is the most fervent desire of the hymnwriter expressed in this hymn in verse 5?

 

 

By Katherine Harms, author of Oceans of Love available for Kindle at Amazon.com.

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