Sunday 26 November 2023

Old Tune, New Words

I am fond of an old Welsh hymn which begins "Here is love, vast as the ocean" - it has a  Welsh tune. 

Last week we sung this hymn in church with different, modern words. I found them very challenging.

Show me how to stand for justice:
how to work for what is right,
how to challenge false assumptions,
how to walk within the light.
May I learn to share more freely
in a world so full of greed,
showing your immense compassion
by the life I choose to lead.

Teach my heart to treasure mercy,
whether given or received –
for my need has not diminished
since the day I first believed:
let me seek no satisfaction
boasting of what I have done,
but rejoice that I am pardoned
and accepted in your Son.

Gladly I embrace a lifestyle
modelled on your living word,
in humility submitting
to the truth which I have heard.
Make me conscious of your presence
every day, in all I do:
by your Spirit’s gracious prompting
may I learn to walk with you.




  1. I love that song. I've never heard the song nor the tune before and it has a wonderful message. I always find it a challenge in evangelical circles to help people understand God's heart for social justice. And yet, you see that all through the Bible. It's a bit frustrating for my husband and me because if we do try and talk about it I get the sense that people think we are "liberal." Anyway, I went off on a tangent. Really enjoyed that, Angela.

  2. I thought you would appreciate it Terri. Google the original too (here is love vast as the ocean) And I get your point about social justice!!

  3. Thanks for sharing this new version-thought provoking. Catriona

  4. That is a beautiful hymn and our faith is meaningless if we do not live it out.
    This morning, being quarantined, I "attended" a live-streamed Mass in Winnipeg at a Polish church, but in English. It was like being back in the pandemic again!

    1. As the epistle if James reminds us, "faith without works is dead". Our chapel does a "hybrid" live/zoom service, which is appreciated by many people who are housebound for some reason.

  5. Just catching up with you Angela as I've been snowed under with medical appointments and subsequent taxiing for various family members. The Covid Inquiry is much needed and like you I found it incredible that Govt ministers acted the way they did and that 'eat out to help out' scheme, anyone with an ounce of common sense could see it would encourage the spread of Covid. And now that same Govt is once more targeting the sick, disabled and vulnerable by forcing people back into work, with the threat of no benefits and removal of free prescriptions! The General Election cannot come soon enough!

    Dave and I also enjoyed watching, All The Light We Cannot See, although I did find some of the scenes quite challenging for me these days. I don't seem to do too well with violence or suspense since Long Covid and PoTS, it sends my heart rate through the roof, so we had to watch it in instalments πŸ€ͺ

    Thank you for sharing the alternative words to a much loved hymn, I'm going to write out those words and use them as a daily prayer focus. Congratulations on your website sales and the proposed craft fair stall, I hope all goes well. Love San xx

    1. Good to hear froem you San. Thank you for the comments. I know you share my passion for "NHS, Free at the point of need" to be maintained. I'm not keen on violence (I look down at my knitting during those bits) I think the hymn words are challenging and inspiring.
      I admit I was nervous about setting up the shop, but sales are ticking over slowly but steadily.
      Keep well as the weather worsens - I hope you're able to enjoy a good Christmas season with your loved ones, without too many health anxieties πŸ‘❤️πŸ™

  6. I love that tune and these words are beautiful!x


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