It's a bit of a surprise to me that I'm posting a hymn today. About five hours ago I was looking at the readings for the First Sunday After Trinity and the notes I'd taken, and I had no idea what I would write about them. The theme of the Sunday revolves around trusting in the Word and promises of God, which is an easy enough topic, but how to approach it? And then I saw how the Psalmist approached the Lord: "O Lord my God," he said. And that gave me an opening. The Gospel appointed for the day is the rich man and Lazarus, "He whom God has helped." It's such a rich text--no pun intended--with a lot to grab on to as a writer. Here's my attempt at bringing it all together. Feedback is love.
O Lord My God, in You I Put My Trust
1. O Lord my God, in You I put my trust.
Sick with my sin, I cower in the dust.
I have no merit of my own to claim.
Down at death's gate, I call upon Your name.
2. Hear my petition. Listen to my plea.
In Your great mercy, hear and answer me.
You will provide for each and every need.
You are my Father; I, Your child, indeed.
3. When I am called to suffer earthly pain,
Use it to draw me near to You again.
You are my Shield. You calm my deep distress,
Meeting each need with manna in excess.
4. Teach me to love as You have first loved me:
To serve and honor neighbors selflessly,
Giving the bread You give me every day
So we may thank You and our praise display.
5. When in the end You call me to my rest,
Let angels lay me home at Abram's breast.
Then, Father, raise me so that I may see
Your Son, my Savior, for eternity.
(c) 2016 Alan Kornacki, Jr.
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Tune: ELLERS (LSB 917)
Occasion: Trinity I