1 We walk by faith and not by sight;
with gracious words draw near,
O Christ, who spoke as none e'er spoke:
“My peace be with you here.”
2 We may not touch your hands and side,
nor follow where you trod;
but in your promise we rejoice,
and cry, "My Lord and God!"
3 Help then, O Lord, our unbelief;
and may our faith abound
to call on you when you are near
and seek where you are found.
4 And when our life of faith is done,
in realms of clearer light
may we behold you as you are,
with full and endless sight.
|First Line:||We walk by faith and not by sight|
|Title:||We Walk by Faith and Not by Sight|
|Author:||Henry Alford (1844, alt.)|
|Scripture:||Isaiah 55:6; John 20:19-31; 2 Corinthians 5:7; Hebrews 10:5-10; 1 Peter 1:8-9|
|Topic:||Death; Faith; Jesus Christ: Resurrection2 more...|
|Composer:||Samuel McFarland (1814 c.)|
|Harmonizer:||Richard Proulx (1986)|
|Copyright:||Harm. © 1986 GIA Publications, Inc.|
The opening line here is essentially a quotation of 2 Corinthians 5:7, but that affirmation is fleshed out by references to the appearance of the risen Christ to Thomas (John 20:19–29). The shape note tune, named for a stream in Fayette County, Pennsylvania, adds resolution to the words.