1 Lord, teach us to rejoice in you
in chains or liberty;
but not to rest one hour too long
while others are not free.

2 Grant us your patience, gentle Christ,
if hunger stalks our path;
but when our sisters have no bread
lend us your righteous wrath.

3 Help us, strong Christ, to know your grace
wherever we may live;
but for our brothers' homelessness
divine impatience give.

4 Give us a peaceful, quiet mind
for all we lack or need;
but zeal to help when neighbours cry,
to heal where nations bleed.

5 Lord Christ, you came not for yourself;
for us you faced the worst:
for your sake let us serve your world;
for their sake, put you first.

Christopher Idle from Philippians 2 and 4
© Christopher Idle/Jubilate Hymns Ltd
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