In view of Tim Chesterton’s response to a comment by DH in the thread to my post “Hauerwas on spirituality: ‘the assholes got it’”, here is the first hymn I ever wrote (in desperation, simply because I couldn’t find a hymn in any of the hymnbooks I have that say what I wanted to sing in a service on Bible Sunday).
Scripture is a conversation,
Ezra, Jonah, Peter, Paul;
hidden is God’s revelation,
told to some but meant for all.
Like a conference, many speakers
vie to make their voices heard;
only to the eyes of seekers
is disclosed the living Word.
We are called to be discerning
as we eavesdrop on the text;
not for answers but for learning
may the Spirit richly vex.
Move me from my fixed opinions,
axe laid to the frozen sea;
Lord, I long for your dominion,
liberated from my “me”.
Thus unthreatened by the other,
unconcerned with being wrong,
may we add with sister, brother,
to your all-inclusive song.