Mother us gently, Father us lightly

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 5.5.5.4 (Colin Gibson, 1992)

Appears in New Century Hymnal with “Touch the Earth Lightly”

by Shirley Erena Murray

Review & Commentary

  • This is one of the most beautiful things I have read. I am unable to find the tune however. I will keep looking.

    • Thank you for your kind comment.
      This tune comes from New Zealand and is available in the following books:

      Alleluia Aotearoa – NZ
      Church Hymnary 4 – UK
      Common Ground – UK
      Singing the Faith – UK
      Sing Your Faith – UK

      The composer, Colin Gibson’s email is on Google listed as colin.gibson@otago.ac.nz, so he might be able to help you directly.
      I hope you find the tune!
      Andrew

  • Andrew

    Thank you for your kind comment.
    The tune is by Colin Gibson from New Zealand – colin.gibson@otago.ac.nz

    It is included in the following books:

    Alleluia Aotearoa – NZ
    Church Hymnary 4 – UK
    Common Ground – UK
    Singing the Faith – UK
    Sing Your Faith – UK

    Hope you find it!
    More of my material at: http://hymnsandbooks.blogspot.co.uk
    Best wishes,
    Andrew

  • Tom David Siebert

    The text works well with the tune St. Elizabeth, used also for the well known hymn “Fairest Lord Jesus.”

  • Andrew Pratt

    Thanks, adds to the resource. Andrew