Refrain
   "Do not be afraid, for I have redeemed you.
   You are always mine, for I have called you by name."

1 "My loving Lord, you know my deepest secrets,
You claim my joys and sorrows as your own.
As with the saints of the past, you shape and hold my future,
And so you call my name."
   "Do not be afraid

2 "A chosen child, like Samuel in the temple,
You call me through the silence of the night.
Then speak, O Lord, for your servant listens through the darkness;
I hear you call my name."
   "Do not be afraid

3 "I live like Martha, bound by endless duties;
How is it Mary sits beside our Lord?
Yet you would rather I know a freedom in your presence,
And so you call my name."
   "Do not be afraid

4 "I walk with Mary through the Easter garden,
not knowing where my hope and faith reside.
And when, my Lord, you approach, I do not seem to know you,
Until you call my name."
   "Do not be afraid

5 "I rage like Paul while travelling to Damascus.
What power can turn my bitterness around?
There is a voice that forgives and loves beyond all measure,
A voice that calls my name."
   "I am not afraid, for you have redeemed me.
    I am always yours, for you have called me by name."

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"But now thus says the Lord,
he who created you, O Jacob,
he who formed you, O Israel:
Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name, you are mine."
Isaiah 43:1 (NRSV)

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