Where earth’s failings have such kindly judgment given

26 05 2009

There’s a wideness in God’s mercy,

Like the wideness of the sea;

There’s a kindness in His justice,

Which is more than liberty.

 

There is no place where earth’s sorrows

Are more felt than up in heaven;

There is no place where earth’s failings

Have such kindly judgment given.

 

For the love of God is broader

Than the measure of our mind;

And the heart of the Eternal

Is most wonderfully kind.

 

There is plentiful redemption

In the blood that has been shed;

There is joy for all the members

In the sorrows of the Head.

 

’Tis not all we owe to Jesus;

It is something more than all;

Greater good because of evil,

Larger mercy through the fall.

 

If our love were but more simple,

We should take Him at His word;

And our lives would be all sunshine

In the sweetness of our Lord.

 

Souls of men! why will ye scatter

Like a crowd of frightened sheep?

Foolish hearts! why will ye wander

From a love so true and deep?

 

It is God: His love looks mighty,

But is mightier than it seems;

’Tis our Father: and His fondness

Goes far out beyond our dreams.

 

But we make His love too narrow

By false limits of our own;

And we magnify His strictness

With a zeal He will not own.

 

Was there ever kinder shepherd

Half so gentle, half so sweet,

As the Savior who would have us

Come and gather at His feet?’

(Hymn by ‘Raymond Wentworth, 1933)

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