Though we come before you tainted by our sin,
Jesus, you have cleansed us from the guilt within.
Through your crystal waters you have bid us rise
new and clean and wholesome, perfect in your eyes.

Though in Jordan's torrent you beside us stood,
you alone are spotless, you alone are good,
yet for our transgressions, you have paid the price,
ours was the forgiveness, yours the sacrifice.

Lord, unless you wash us, we can never gain
all you long to give us, through our joy and pain,
courage for the future, pardon for the past,
and your face before us, shining at the last.

Hilary Jolly b 1945

© Hilary Jolly/ Jubilate Hymns

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