Lord of all hopefulness, Lord of all joy

Today, on May 21, 2011, I post this in honor of the Lord’s sovereignty and omnipotence. Though the Lord is almighty and all powerful, our Lord is a Lord of hopefulness, joy, eagerness, faith, kindliness, grace, gentleness, and calm. Our Lord does not require us to try and know all. It is not the role of man to attempt to interpret every truth of the Lord, or to try and foretell when and how the end of the world will occur. No. Our Lord is a Lord whose grace, above all, saves us from the need for us to seek perfection in order to be one with God.

Thanks be to God…for grace, for mercy, for love, for compassion, and above all, for the truth made known to us in Jesus Christ. Let us not seek to know when the end will be; let us instead seek to embody that truth that is made known to us in Jesus Christ. Amen.

Lord of all hopefulness, Lord of all joy,
whose trust, ever childlike, no cares could destroy,
be there at our waking, and give us we pray,
your bliss in our hearts, Lord, at the break of the day.

Lord of all eagerness, Lord of all faith,
whose strong hands were skilled at the plane and the lathe,
be there at our labors, and give us, we pray,
your strength in our hearts, Lord, at the noon of the day.

Lord of all kindliness, Lord of all grace,
your hands swift to welcome, your arms to embrace,
be there at our homing, and give us, we pray,
your love in our hearts, Lord, at the eve of the day.

Lord of all gentleness, Lord of all calm,
whose voice is contentment, whose presence is balm,
be there at our sleeping, and give us, we pray,
your peace in our hearts, Lord, at the end of the day.

Lord of all hopefulness, sung by the York Minster Choir, York, England.

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