For a Retreat

Said Jesus to the crowd one day:
"Come unto me and rest!"
Reflect, delighted, open-eyed,
on God's forgiveness stretching wide
as east is from the west.

Said Jesus to the crowd one day:
"Look at the birds which fly!
They neither sow, nor do they reap
but all these creatures God shall keep
and daily satisfy."

Said Jesus to the crowd one day:
"Ask and you shall receive!"
From life's distractions stand apart,
invest in treasures of the heart;
O faithless ones, believe!

Says Jesus to his friends today:
Set out now with good news!
You are the salt, you are the light,
a savour sweet, a lantern bright,
the Father's witnesses.


David Mowbray (b.1938)
© David Mowbray, admin. The Jubilate Group
Metre / Suggested tune: 8 6 8 8 6 / REPTON