Beyond the Beauty and the Awe

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Beyond the beauty and the awe,
beyond the fear and dread,
we long, O God, to hear your word,
to taste your transformed bread.
Our lives feel torn between the world,
whose needs are grimly real,
and empty talk of peace and joy
with distant, vague appeal.
Oh, teach us how to hear your voice
despite the traffic’s din,
to keep the blasts of rancor out
and let your Spirit in. Sing! A New Creation
In sound or silence, sight or smell,
may we some token find
that makes your living presence known
to body, soul, and mind.
Then help us live as Jesus taught,
as light and salt and yeast,
that others may be brought to share
your promise and your feast.

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Author: Carl P. Daw

The Reverend Carl P. Daw, Jr. Curator of Hymnological Collections Adjunct Professor of Hymnology B.A. Rice University M.A. University of Virginia M.Div. University of the South Ph.D. University of Virginia D. D. Virginia Theological Seminary The Reverend Dr. Carl P. Daw Jr., is an Episcopal priest and writer who served as the Executive Director of The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada from 1996 to 2009, while this ecumenical and international organization had its headquarters at Boston University School of Theology. Dr. Daw continues as an Adjunct Professor of Hymnology in the Master of Sacred Music program and acts as the Curator of the Hymnological Collections in the STH Library. In addition to his experience… Go to person page >

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First Line: Beyond the beauty and the awe
Title: Beyond the Beauty and the Awe
Author: Carl P. Daw
Language: English
Copyright: Text © 1994, Hope Publishing Co.


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