Wednesday, January 14, 2015

When Man and Wife in Love Conceive

With the anniversary of Roe v. Wade on January 22, many congregations will observe a special Sanctity of Human Life Sunday.  I wrote the following hymn several years ago, and it could be sung by a cantor, choir, or congregation.  To hear the hymn, and for congregational (bulletin) and accompaniment versions, go to www.oyeoflittlefaith.org/new-hymns/.

When man and wife in love conceive,
They have, O Lord, from You received
A holy gift beyond compare:
A child placed within their care.

The mother's womb is safe and warm,
The father's love will shield from harm,
And You, O Lord, together knit
The human body intricate.

"In pain," You said, "you will give birth;"
The woman feels the sin-brought curse.
By labor's end, the lesson learned:
"Your sorrow into joy will turn."

Your infant son or daughter bring
To be reborn through baptizing.
There I, the Lord, will take and bless
And robe each one in righteousness.

Dear Christians, never cease to pray
For faith and love these latter days,
For marriage, life, and family,
That all be held in sanctity.