Give Us Eyes

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Original lyrics set to the tune of EBENEEZER (Once To Every Man and Nation).
(Alternate tunes: “Ode to Joy,” or “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling.”) Free to copy and use. Or you can pay-what-you-like to donate.
Lyrics:
Give us eyes, O God of justice, to see clearly as you see:
not to turn away but bravely face oppression’s misery.
Steel our hearts to see injustice, and to feel our siblings’ pain.
Give us sorrow; give us rage; but let our anger be humane.

Give us eyes, O God of mercy, to see evil as you see:
holding victim and oppressor in its jaws, and neither free.
God, refine our wrath and grief with yours ‘till only love remains.
Give us loving rage and courage to step up and break the chains.

Give us eyes, O God of wholeness, to see all the love you sow,
and by grace to set it free: in every person let it flow.
Let our wrath be flames of love and not the burn of power denied,
till we gently, firmly, mightily pry the gates of justice wide.

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The lyrics shown on this page are original lyrics by Steve Garnaas-Holmes, set to the tune of EBENEEZER (Once To every Man and Nation).

These lyrics are free to use or pay-what-you-like to purchase (download includes lyrics and music in .doc format)—or you may directly copy and paste from this page. You are permitted to print, project, broadcast or otherwise use this song in worship in whatever ways you need.