Forgiven by the Lord - what joy
when pardon is complete,
our guilt removed, our conscience cleansed
from cunning and deceit.

My voice was lost in endless sighs
and I refused to pray,
until the stress, like searing heat,
sapped all my strength away.

At last I recognised my sin
admitting what I'd done,
confessed my failures, Lord, to you -
and you forgave each one.

Protect us when disaster strikes
and death and doom destroy,
to find in you our hiding-place
amid resounding joy.

Watch over us and be our guide,
directing what we do;
and may we heed your counsel, Lord,
resolved to learn from you.

In times of trouble give us grace
to see your loving ways
and, with forgiveness in our hearts,
to join in songs of praise.

Emma Turl
© Emma Turl, admin. The Jubilate Group
Metre: 8 6 8 6 (CM) / Suggested tune: CONTEMPLATION (Frederick Arthur Gore Ouseley)