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On most days I use a book entitled, A Guide to Prayer for All God’s People, as a guide for prayer and Scripture reading.  It is based on the Christian calender and each week has a different theme.  A part of each weeks’ guide is a hymn, many of which I’ve never heard.  This normally isn’t my favorite part but every once in a while I run across a good one.  Here is this weeks:

O God of every nation,

Of every race and land,

Redeem your whole creation

With your almighty hand;

Where hate and fear divide us,

And bitter threats are hurled,

In love and mercy guide us,

And heal our strife-torn world.

From search for wealth and power

And scorn of truth and right,

From trust in bombs that shower

Destruction through the night,

From pride of race and station

And blindness to your way,

Deliver every nation,

Eternal God, we pray.

Lord, strengthen all who labor

That all may find release

From fear of rattling saber,

From dread of war’s increase;

When hope and courage falter,

Lord, let your voice be heard;

With faith that none can alter,

Your servants undergird.

Keep bright in us the vision

Of days when war shall cease,

When hatred and division

Give way to love and peace,

Till dawns the morning glorious

When truth and justice reign,

And Christ shall rule victorious

O’er all the world’s domain.

 

-William W. Reid Jr.-

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