When God almighty came to be one of us

When God almighty came to be one of us

Author: Michael Hewlett
Tune: KEEL ROW
Published in 3 hymnals

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1 When God Almighty came to be one of us,
Masking the glory of his golden train,
Dozens of plain things kindled by accident,
And they will never be the same again,
Sing all you midwives, dance all the carpenters,
Sing all the publicans and shepherds too.
God in His mercy uses the commonplace,
God on His birthday had a need of you.

2 Splendor of Rome and Local Authority,
Working on policy with furrowed head,
Joined to locate Messiah's nativity,
Just where the prophets had already said.
Sing all you taxmen, dance the Commissioners,
Sing civil servants and policemen too.
God in His purpose uses the governments,
God on His birthday had a need of you.

3 Wise men, they called them earnest astrologers,
Watching for meaning in the moving stars.
Science or fancy, learned or laughable,
Theirs was a vision that was brought to pass.
Sing all you wise-men, dance all the scientists,
Whether your theories are false or true.
God uses knowledge, God uses ignorance,
God on His birthday had a need of you.

4 Sing all creation, made for His purposes,
Called by His providence to live and move:
None is unwanted, none insignificant,
Love needs a universe of folk to love.
Old men and maidens, young men and children,
Black ones and colored ones and white ones too.
God on His birthday, and to eternity,
God took upon Himself the need of you.

Source: Ecumenical Praise #115

Author: Michael Hewlett

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