Friday, March 06, 2020

Hymn of the Week: Make Me an Instrument

This week I've written a hymn that uses the famous "St Francis Prayer," which has long been a favorite, not only of songwriters, but of many Christians all over the world. It expresses a spirit of humble service that both inspires and convicts. I set the text, just slightly modified, to a classic tune, that of "Nearer, My God, to Thee." 

Make Me an Instrument

Make me an instrument, Lord, of your peace;
Where there is hatred, I'll sow out love's seeds.
     Granting your pardon to
     Those who have need of you;
Make me an instrument, Lord, of your peace.

Where there is doubt, let me faith's beacon be,
That all in darkness deep your light would see:
     Hope for those in despair,
     Joy when there's sadness there;
Make me an instrument, Lord, of your peace.

Grant, O my Master, that I may not seek
To be consoled as much as consoler be;
     Not loved or understood,
     Yet loving all for you,
Make me an instrument, Lord, of your peace.

For it's in giving that we will receive,
And in forgiving that we will pardoned be;
     And in our dying, we
     Eternal life receive;
Make me an instrument, Lord, of your peace.


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