Author: Brian Wren (b. 1936) Hymnal: New Church Praise #18 (1975) Hymnal Title: New Church Praise Lyrics: 1 Deep in the shadows of the past,
far out from settled lands,
some nomads travelled with their God
across the desert sands.
The dawn of hope for all mankind
was glimpsed by them alone--
a promise calling them ahead,
a future yet unknown.
2 While others bowed to changeless gods
they met a mystery:
God with an uncompleted name,
'I am what I will be';
and by their tents, around their fires,
in story, song and law
they praised, remembered, handed on
a past that promised more.
3 From Abraham to Nazareth
the promise changed and grew
while some, remembering the past,
recorded what they knew,
and some, in letters or laments,
in prophecy and praise,
recovered, held and re-expressed
new hope for changing days.
4 For all the writings that survived,
for leaders, long ago,
who sifted, chose, and then preserved
the Bible that we know,
give thanks, and find its promise yet
our comfort, strength and call--
the working model for our faith
alive with hope for all. Topics: Bible Scripture: Exodus 3:13 Languages: English Tune Title: DURROW
Deep in the shadows of the past