Mother us gently, Father us lightly,
God of our being, ground of our care;
comfort our grieving, help our believing,
graceful and loving, teach us to share.
Hold and enfold us, parent with purpose,
taking us forward, showing your way;
guiding our footsteps, giving direction,
leading us onward, every new day.
As we are growing nurture, protect us,
lift us when fallen, then set us free;
we are your children longing to serve you,
ready for action, willing to be.
God of our being, Father and Mother,
parent to children, source of all grace;
stand with your people, focus our loving,
spirit of challenge, shine through each face.
© Andrew Pratt 8/3/2011
Editor’s suggested tune: Tenderness 22.214.171.124 (Colin Gibson, 1992)
Appears in New Century Hymnal with “Touch the Earth Lightly”
by Shirley Erena Murray