18. Bigger Barns

“Bigger barns are what I need,” so a rich man said one day.
“From my worries I’ll be free when my wealth is stored away.”
“Fool!” God said, “Today you’ll die!” Will that wealth mean anything?
All life’s blessings really lie in the gifts that wealth can’t bring.

“Bigger barns are what we need for our money, gadgets, more!”
Lord, we’re tempted to believe having wealth, we’ll be secure!
Somewhere children cry for food or to have a doctor’s care.
Can our bigger barns be good when poor neighbors know despair?

God of love, we long to know what will make us truly blest.
Jesus taught us long ago wealth won’t give us peace or rest.
You are our security! Safe in you, we serve, O Lord.
May we find we’re rich indeed when we’re sharing with the poor.

Text Information
First Line: "Bigger barns are what I need," so a rich man said one day
Title: Bigger Barns
Original Language: English
Author: Carolyn Winfrey Gillette (2001)
Publication Date: 2001
Meter: 7.7.7.7 D
Scripture: Luke 12:13-21; Luke 16:19-31
Topic: Jesus Christ: Teachings; Justice; Wealth and Possessions
Language: English
Copyright: Copyright © 2001 by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. All rights reserved
Tune Information
Name: ABERYSTWYTH
Composer: Joseph Parry (1879)
Meter: 7.7.7.7 D
Key: d minor



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