Scripture Verse

The angel showed me the river of the water of life…On each side of the river stood the tree of life…and the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. Revelation 22:1–3


Frederik H. Kaan (1929–2010)

Words: Fred Kaan, 1965.

Music: Pi­ca­rdy French ca­rol tune. Har­mo­ny from The Eng­lish Hym­nal, 1906, num­ber 318 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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For the heal­ing of the na­tions,
Lord, we pray with one ac­cord,
For a just and eq­ual shar­ing
Of the things that earth af­fords.
To a life of love in act­ion
Help us rise and pledge our word.

Lead us for­ward into free­dom;
From des­pair your world re­lease,
That, re­deemed from war and hat­red,
All may come and go in peace.
Show us how through care and good­ness
Fear will die and hope in­crease.

All that kills abun­dant liv­ing,
Let it from the earth be banned:
Pride of sta­tus, race, or school­ing,
Dogmas that ob­scure your plan.
In our com­mon quest for jus­tice
May we hal­low life’s brief span.

You, Cre­at­or God, have writ­ten
Your great name on hu­man­kind.
For our grow­ing in your like­ness,
Bring the life of Christ to mind;
That by our re­sponse and ser­vice
Earth its des­ti­ny may find.