God's Great Love Is So Amazing
CONVERSE (22.214.171.124 D) ("What a Friend We Have in Jesus")
God's great love is so amazing! See — a shepherd with his flocks!
Ninety-nine are safely grazing; one is lost among the rocks.
That good shepherd goes and searches till he finds the one astray.
So God says to fill our churches with the ones who've lost their way.
God in love is always seeking! See — a woman with her broom!
For a single coin she's sweeping every corner of the room.
When it's found she calls each neighbor, telling friends from all around.
So God says to search and labor till God's precious ones are found.
God keeps waiting, searching, yearning! See — a father's heartfelt joy!
Thankful for his son's returning, he runs out to greet his boy.
To the angry older brother, hear the father's patient call.
So God says to love each other, for in Christ, God loves us all.
Biblical Reference: Luke 15
Tune: Charles Crozat Converse, 1868 ("What a Friend We Have in Jesus")
Text: Copyright © 1999 by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. All rights reserved.
Copied from Gifts of Love: New Hymns for Today's Worship by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette (Geneva Press, 2000).
New Hymns: www.carolynshymns.com/
See also Hymns Celebrating Women of the Bible and Books About Women of the Bible.
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