The World Abounds with God’s Free Grace   Leave a comment

Cloud Over a Mountain

Above:  Cloud Over a Mountain

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Text (1980; copyright, 1990), by David G. Mehrtens (October 18, 1930-January 11, 2010), a chemist and a Missouri Synod Lutheran

Hymn Source = The Presbyterian Hymnal:  Hymns, Psalms, and Spiritual Songs (1990), Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

The hymn is absent from Glory to God:  The Presbyterian Hymnal (2013), Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).  Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod resources, such as Hymnal Supplement 98 (1998) and the Lutheran Service Book (2006), also lack this text.

This hymn seems especially appropriate in the vicinity of the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi (October 4).

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1.  The world abounds with God’s free grace;

What wonders bless the land!

And on through boundless starry space,

God’s matchless works expand.

Lord, teach us an attitude that thanks You all our days,

A love that shows our gratitude through deeds that live our praise.

2.  Give thanks for plains and valleys spaced

By mountains thrusting high;

Give thanks by fighting greed and waste

That drain their treasures dry.

Lord, teach us an attitude that thanks You all our days,

A love that shows our gratitude through deeds that live our praise.

3.  In full thanksgiving for God’s love,

From which earth’s blessings flow,

Protect the precious air above,

The waters spread below.

Lord, teach us an attitude that thanks You all our days,

A love that shows our gratitude through deeds that live our praise.

4.  Give thanks in hope, rejoice, repent,

And practice all you prayed;

True thanks can never be content

To foul the world God made.

Lord, teach us an attitude that thanks You all our days,

A love that shows our gratitude through deeds that live our praise.

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