Words of Light and Hope from Tony Hawes.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word
was with God, and the Word was God. John 1.1.
Your Word is a lamp to guide my feet
and a light for my path. Ps. 119.105.
From the very beginning was Your Word,
which spoke this world into being,
Your Word, which thunders from the skies,
Your Word, which flows like mountain streams,
Your Word, which whispers in morning breeze,
Your Word, revealed through kings and prophets,
Your Word, revealed through Angels’ praise,
Your Word, revealed in humble service,
Your Word, revealed through a tiny child,
Your Word, alive from the beginning of all things
and to eternity.
This world tempts us to believe the wisdom
that comes from human minds,
to have faith in no other thing.
But we have glimpsed the Truth revealed
in Scripture’s words, and we shall worship
the Lord our God, and serve him alone!
This world tempts us to believe we have
control of our destiny, and have no need
of the divine.
But we have felt the touch of Christ upon our hearts,
and we shall worship the Lord our God
and serve him alone! John Birch.
Blessed Lord, who caused all holy scriptures
to be written for our learning:
help us to hear them, to read, mark, learn and
inwardly digest them that, through patience,
and the comfort of your holy word,
we may embrace and for ever hold fast
the hope of everlasting life,
which you have given us in our Saviour
Jesus Christ, who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God,
now and for ever. Amen. BCP, Common Worship.