Grounded has a hymn! Written by the wonderful Carolyn Winfrey Gillette.
A new hymn by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette, based on Grounded: Finding God in the World—A Spiritual Revolution by Diana Butler Bass:
God, We Wonder Where to Find You
BEACH SPRING 18.104.22.168 D (“God Whose Giving Knows No Ending”)
God, we wonder where to find you; should we turn our eyes above?
How can people understand you? Is your love a distant love?
Do our songs rise up to heaven? Does that language still ring true?
In this world of joy and suffering, God, we wonder: Where are you?
God, we wonder at our calling; is it only in the church?
We may struggle with tradition; where are you, God, in our search?
We are taught that you are gracious; can we find you in new ways?
Could there be some brand new places where you challenge and amaze?
We are grounded in creation—in the water, dirt and sky,
And we find the Spirit’s presence as we hear creation’s cry.
For we see in life’s beginning what is now and always true:
We’re at home in what you’ve given, called to care for earth for you.
We are grounded in our neighbors, in our loved ones, in our towns,
And in daily, loving labors, where your signs of grace abound.
Here in Christ we love each other, and we care for the oppressed;
Spirit-filled, with one another, we are grounded! We are blessed!
God, we trust that you are with us, dwelling in the here and now.
When we struggle to live fully, your compassion shows us how.
As we work to bring your justice, as we seek your peaceful way,
As we put our faith in practice, may we find you, God, today.
This hymn is based on Grounded: Finding God in the World—A Spiritual Revolution by Diana Butler Bass (Harper One, 2015).
Tune: The Sacred Harp, 1844; attributed to Benjamin Franklin White
Text: Copyright © 2016 by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. All rights reserved.
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This hymn: http://www.carolynshymns.com/god_we_wonder_where_to_find_you.html
Please contact Carolyn at [email protected] for permission to use the hymn and a copy of it formatted in a MS Word file of the hymn text (also easy to transfer into projection software) and a PDF of the hymn text formatted with the music.
The PDF can be viewed here, but please contact Carolyn for permission to use the hymn.