Becoming Who We Are

"You lead us, God, with miracle and grace"

Music by Ron Klusmeier
Words by Fred Kaan

Lyrics as Poetry

You lead us, God, with miracle and grace;
we follow in your train of thought and calling.
With you we move in hope from place to place
and practise what shall be,
for you have set us free.

We give you thanks for all we’ve seen and heard,
but also for your future, never fearing
to stay within the earshot of your Word:
Word that divides, creates,
unsettles and unites.

Then make us of your beck and call aware,
help us accept the cost of ‘kingdom-living’,
the risk of our becoming who we are:
God, use our faith and doubt,
unite us, lead us out.

Words by
Fred Kaan
Copyright © 1985 by Hope Publishing Company
(Carol Stream, Illinois) for USA and Canada
Copyright © 1985 by Stainer & Bell Limited
(London, England) for all other territories

Comments About Song

• Author Fred Kaan, from his book
(Hope Publishing Company,
1999, page 57):

“I wrote this hymn while attending the 1976 Assembly of the Indonesian Council of Churches in Salatiga, Java.”

The Only Earth We Know
(Hymn Texts by Fred Kaan)
is co-published by:Hope Publishing Company
Carol Stream, IL USA
(for USA and Canada)Stainer & Bell, Limited
London, England
(for all other countries)

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Piano introduction; All 3 verses sung
by Sheelah Megill with an instrumental interlude between verses 2 and 3.

Season, Theme
or Subject

  • Advent∶ Year 'B'∶ Advent 1
  • Challenge
  • Christian∶ journey
  • Doubt
  • Faith
  • Free, Freedom
  • Future
  • Grace
  • Hope
  • Lent
  • Miracle
  • Risk, Risking
  • Thanksgiving∶  offering thanks
  • Trust

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