A Prayer for Lent – “Our Father, We Have Wandered”

I found this beautiful hymn called “Our Father, We Have Wandered” in a Lenten devotional. I offer it today as a prayer for Ash Wednesday. It can be sung to the tune of O Sacred Heart Wounded.

Our Father, we have wandered

and hidden from your face;

In foolishness have squandered

your legacy of grace.

But now, in exile dwelling,

we rise in fear and shame,

as distant but compelling,

we hear you call our name.

And now at length discerning

the evil that we do,

Behold us, Lord, returning

with hope and trust, to you.

In haste you come to meet us

and home rejoicing bring,

In gladness there to greet us

with calf and robe and ring.

O Lord of all the living,

both banished and restored,

Compassionate, forgiving

and ever-caring Lord,

Grant now that our transgressing,

our faithlessness may cease.

Stretch out your hand of blessing,

in pardon and in peace.

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I am a 1997 graduate of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.
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2 Responses to A Prayer for Lent – “Our Father, We Have Wandered”

  1. Kelly Houghtaling says:

    I went to a Lenten Service this morning and this was the song we sang. It really resonated with me.

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  2. Kelly Houghtaling says:

    oops this is the song… :}

    ASHES by Tom Conry
    1. We rise again from ashes,
    from the good we’ve failed to do.
    We rise again from ashes,
    to create ourselves anew.
    If all our world is ashes,
    then must our lives be true,
    an offering of ashes, an offering to you.

    2. We offer you our failures,
    we offer you attempts,
    the gifts not fully given,
    the dreams not fully dreamt.
    Give our stumblings direction,
    give our visions wider view,
    an offering of ashes, an offering to you.

    3. Then rise again from ashes,
    let healing come to pain,
    though spring has turned to winter,
    and sunshine turned to rain.
    The rain we’ll use for growing,
    and create the world anew
    from an offering of ashes, an offering to you.

    4. Thanks be to the Father,
    who made us like himself.
    Thanks be to his Son,
    who saved us by his death.
    Thanks be to the Spirit
    who creates the world anew
    from an offering of ashes, an offering to you.

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