O God of Life, Your Healing Touch

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O God of life, your healing touch
Brings wholeness and salvation!
In you, this world you love so much
Becomes a new creation.

Through Jesus Christ you blessed the poor,
Unleashed your gifts of healing.
You gave new sight, new strength, new life—
To all, your love revealing.

O Christ, the loving healer still,
You gather us for mission
To serve your people who are ill,
Whatever their condition.

You send us to the suffering
With medicine and caring;
Now make our lives an offering
To those who are despairing.

Lord, by your Spirit, may we hear
The truth of others’ stories.
May we respect their doubts and fears,
Their hopes and dreams, their worries.

And when their ways are not our own,
Lord, give us understanding:
Our faith cannot be fully grown
When we are too unbending.

How long, Lord, shall we serve the poor—
A week, a month, a season?
We ask the question, hoping for
A limit to our mission.

But open wide our hearts anew
And show us, as we’re giving,
Your life-long call to serving you
In daily, generous living.

Source: Songs of Grace: new hymns for God and neighbor #57b

Author: Carolyn Winfrey Gillette

Carolyn Winfrey Gillette is a hymn writer and Presbyterian pastor. Carolyn and her husband Bruce have been the co-pastors of Limestone Presbyterian Church in Wilmington, Delaware since August 2004. Carolyn's hymns have been sung by congregations in every state of the USA and in several other countries; they have been on national PBS-TV three times and the BBC-TV in the United Kingdom. Noel Paul Stookey of "Peter, Paul and Mary" made a music video with Emmy winner Pete Staman of Carolyn's hymn, "O God, Our Words Cannot Express," which was written on September 11. Her hymns are found on the national websites of the General Board of Discipleship of The United Methodist Church, UMCOR, the Presbyterian Church (USA), American Baptist Church… Go to person page >

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First Line: O God of life, your healing touch
Title: O God of Life, Your Healing Touch
Original Language: English
Author: Carolyn Winfrey Gillette (2004)
Meter: 8.7.8.7
Language: English
Publication Date: 2004
Copyright: Copyright © 2004 The Center for Christian Ethics, Baylor Univ., Waco, Texas, Used with permission.

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