By Gracious Powers


By gracious powers so wonderfully sheltered,

And confidently waiting, come what may,

We know that God is with us night and morning

And never fails to greet us each new day.

Yet is this heart by its old foe tormented,

Still evil days bring burdens hard to bear;

O give our frightened souls the sure salvation

For which, O Lord, You taught us to prepare.

And when this cup You give is filled to brimming

With bitter suffering, hard to understand,

We take it thankfully and without trembling,

Out of so good and so beloved a hand.

Yet when again in this same world You give us

The joy we had, the brightness of Your sun,

We shall remember all the days we lived through,

And our whole life shall then be Yours alone.

Seen above and on front-page mastheads: Lunar Phases by Angela Rockett.

Words above: “By Gracious Powers So Wonderfully Sheltered” by Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1944)

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