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I then shall live as one who’s been forgiven;
I’ll walk with joy to know my debts are paid.
I know my name is clear before my Father;
I am His child, and I am not afraid.
So greatly pardoned, I’ll forgive my brother,
The law of love I gladly will obey.
I then shall live as one who’s learned compassion,
I’ve been so loved that I’ll risk loving too.
I know how fear builds walls instead of bridges;
I’l dare to see another’s point of view.
And when relationship demands commitment,
Then I’ll be there to care and follow through.
Your kingdom come around and through and in me;
Your power and glory, let them shine through me.
Your hallowed name, O may I bear with honor,
And may Your living Kingdom come in me.
The Bread of Life, O may I share with honor,
And may You feed a hungry world through me.
Amen, Amen, Amen.
(Words by Gloria Gaither to Jean Sibelius’s “Finlandia”)
I have posted this before, but it seemed appropriate to the subject matter.