A hymn inspired by Jesus' Parable of the Talents
O God, We Yearn for Safety
ANGEL'S STORY (184.108.40.206 D) ("O Jesus, I Have Promised")
O God, we yearn for safety; We long to be secure.
Yet faithful, loving service Is what you value more.
You give us what is needed; You love, forgive and save.
Then, sending us to serve you, You call us to be brave.
You give to some ten talents — to others, two or three;
To some you give one blessing To manage faithfully.
For you, O Lord, are loving And don't demand success;
You daily call your people To lives of faithfulness.
You give your church the gospel — Good news for us to share.
You give us great compassion For neighbors everywhere.
You give us skills to serve you And loving work to do.
We're blest to be a blessing, And called to risk for you.
O God, it seems much safer To live from day to day,
Protecting what you lend us And hiding it away.
Yet all these gifts can't flourish When hidden in the ground;
When we are brave to share them Your blessings will abound.
Biblical References: Matthew 25:14-30; Luke 19:12-27
Tune: Arthur Henry Mann, 1888 ("O Jesus, I Have Promised")
Alternate tune: AURELIA, Samuel Sebastian Wesley, 1864 ("The Church's One Foundation")
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