236. By gracious powers so wonderfully sheltered

Authors: Bonhoeffer, Dietrich, Green, Fred Pratt

By gracious powers so wonderfully sheltered
and confidently waiting, come what may,
we know that God is with us night and morning,
and never fails to meet us each new day.

2. Yet are our hearts by their old foe tormented;
still evil days bring burdens hard to bear;
O give our frightened souls the sure salvation
for which, O Lord, you taught us to prepare.

3. And when the cup you give is filled to brimming
with bitter suffering, hard to understand,
we take it gladly, trusting though with trembling,
out of so good and so beloved a hand.

4. If once again, in this mixed world, you give us
the joy we had, the brightness of your sun,
we shall recall what we have learned through
and dedicate our lives to you alone.

5. Now as your silence deeply spreads around us,
open our ears to hear your children raise
from all the world, from every nation round us,
to you their universal hymn of praise.

Scriptures: Romans 12:1, Ephesians 5:16, John 16:33, Psalms 9:11, Lamentations 3:22-23, James 1:21, Psalms 75:7-8, Psalms 119:71, Matthew 20:22-23, Matthew 28:20, Mark 10:38-39, Romans 8:18, 1 Peter 1:9, Revelation 12:9

Copyright: English versification © Stainer & Bell Ltd. Adapted by permission of SCM Press from Bonhoeffer's 'Powers of Good', letters and papers from prision 1971