Thou didst form my inward parts, Thou didst knit me together in my mother’s womb.@Psalm 139:13
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Susan H. Peterson
(1950–2004)

Words: Su­san H. Pe­ter­son, 1998 (pub­lic do­main).

Music: Gor­don Ado­ni­ram J. Gor­don, 1876 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Adoniram J. Gordon
(1836–1895)

O Lord, life is sacred,
A gift from above;
Each person is worthy
Of honor and love.
Your works are so marvelous,
We’re wonderfully made;
We each bear Your image,
Conception to grave.

Your hands shaped and formed us
Before we took breath;
You knit us together
And clothed us with flesh.
You give us our life
And ordain all our days;
Your works, Lord, are wonderful;
We lift our hearts in praise.

Upheld since conception
And carried since birth,
To old age and hair of gray,
We’re still of great worth.
We still bear Your likeness,
The stamp of Your hand;
You made us in Jesus
For all the works you planned.

And so, may we honor
Each person we meet;
The kindness You’ve shown us,
We wish to repeat
From children to agèd—
We’ll serve them in Your name;
As You honor us, O Lord,
We pledge to do the same.