♫ Year End Hymn: “Here from This Place”

Monday, December 30

12-30By Lu Mountenay of Independence, Missouri, USA

…Open your ears to hear the pleading of mothers and fathers in all nations who desperately seek a future of hope for their children. Do not turn away from them. For in their welfare resides your welfare.

—Doctrine and Covenants 163:4a

I have always enjoyed Marty Haugen’s hymn, “Gather Us In.” I wanted to write a hymn with matching gusto to send us out after gaining strength at the center. To me, these two hymns represent the journey inward and the journey outward. I combined these thoughts with language from Doctrine and Covenants 163. We are transformed from the lost and forsaken in “Gather Us In” to the found and forgiven in the new hymn. With hope, a hymn to journey into a new year.

1) Here from this place, a journey beginning,
Here from the center, outward we go.
Divinely inspired by breath of the spirit,
To share Christ’s Shalom by the love that we sow.

Refrain:
Send us now forth the found and forgiven,
Seek those in need and burdens they bear.
Aware of our calling, our mission, our purpose,
Send us now forth as disciples to share.

2) As we now leave this space that is sacred,
Make of us sanctuaries, we pray.
Turn not away from fathers and mothers,
Who plead for the lives of their children each day.

3) From silence of prayer and deep meditation,
Carry the awe and wonder abroad.
As the Divine has graced us with presence,
We will be present to others for God.

Prayer for Peace
God of beginnings and endings, let us gather in our worship community and journey out into the new year as one, to share the peace of Christ.

Spiritual Practice
Contemplate this hymn as a poem (or sing to the tune of Gather Us In).

Peace Covenant
Today, God, I will seek to share the peace of Christ as you send me from my place of comfort.

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3 Comments

  1. These words touched my heart today. As I sang it to myself, the tune brought such power and strength. I can’t wait to sing it with my brothers and sisters. I pray that we as a people will be inspired to a greater degree to be a force for good in the world that God created, and for whom he sacraficed his son.

  2. Marlene Krueger

     /  31 December 2013

    I love the words, Lu. They are beautiful. You are such a gift.

  3. Katie

     /  30 December 2013

    As a mother, this piece of scripture from D&C has always just gripped me. These new words to “Gather Is In” are beautiful! “…share Christ’s Shalom by the love that we sow” and “We will be present to others for God.” What a charge!

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