Hymn for Lent

This is a retrieval of a text I’ve never quite been satisfied with. One day, I shall come back to it knowing what I’ve got to change. Nonetheless, I think it still usuable, given how few hymns for Lent there are. It is probably most appropriate for the first Sunday of Lent, with the gospel of the temptations in the desert.

I wrote this with the tune Picardy in my head. Since that draft, Kathryn Rose (@artsyhonker) wrote a tune for it, Harringey, which you can find here.

Here’s the current text. As with other hymns and prayers on this site, you can use it under a Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 Creative Commons Licence (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0).

From the Jordan to the desert,
from the crowd to barren place,
Spirit-driven, devil-tempted,
Lord, you sought the Father’s grace
show us now your pow’r, in weakness,
presence in the empty space.

Out of Egypt with God’s people,
freedom brings its testing stress:
what is right and what is truthful,
how the name of God confess?
Jesus, lead us on our journey,
guide us through the wilderness.

Lack of food for empty stomach,
offered only cold hard stone;
scripture used to tempt and strengthen;
easy route to grasp the throne:
Bread of life, and Word incarnate
help us worship God alone.

In the search for loving justice,
in the quest for truth and right,
Jesus walk beside, before us,
hold your Cross of love in sight;
keep us in your Father’s presence,
guide us to your risen light.

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