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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Cure thy children’s warring madness;
bend our pride to thy control;
shame our wanton, selfish gladness,
rich in things and poor in soul.
Grant us wisdom, grant us courage,
lest we miss thy kingdom’s goal,
lest we miss thy kingdom’s goal.

Save us from weak resignation
to the evils we deplore.
Let the gift of thy salvation
be our glory evermore.
Grant us wisdom, grant us courage,
serving thee whom we adore,
serving thee whom we adore.

Harry Emerson Fosdick’s “God of Grace and Glory”
(tune: CWM Rhondda)
from Glory to God: The Presbyterian Hymnal

Reflection
What is it that I live for? What is it that I would die for? What is it that I would fight for? These are the questions that come to mind as I sing these verses of Harry Emerson Fosdick’s hymn. They are questions that require me to be discriminating—to make choices, the right choices.

At every juncture, when I faced a decision to be made, my father’s counsel would be “What would be more meaningful in the long run?” In his wisdom he knew that if I took this question seriously, many of the options I was considering could be knocked out of the running. If I took this question seriously, the options that met my immediate desires, my selfishness, or my pride would have to be discarded.

There are questions like this that can help us to be more discriminating about what occupies our lives and motivates our endeavors. For the hymnist the question, I think, would be “Would this help us to achieve the goal of God’s kingdom?” Knowing that much of what preoccupies us misses the mark, the hymnist, in repeated refrain, sings, “Lest we miss thy kingdom’s goal.”

Prayer
God, grant us discriminating minds. Help us to make each decision and each day count, lest we miss thy kingdom’s goal. Amen.

Written by Joyce Shin, Associate Pastor for Congregational Life


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