O God, Empower Us

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O God, empower us to stem
the hatreds that divide.
Enable us to bring an end
to ghastly wars of pride.
Let our example point the way,
that feuds be not prolonged.
Let us forgive as you forgave,
when we have suffered wrong.

Though cold suspicion meet our warmth,
we love at your command;
and though not always understood,
we pray to understand.
Enable us to stifle greed
for thanks or gain, dear Lord,
and live that sacrificial life
which is its own reward.

–Words: Lee M. Baldwin, 1906-1982
–Tune: Normally sung to the hymn tune KINGSFOLD

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