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There's a wideness
in God's mercy



There's a wideness in God's mercy
     like the wideness of the sea;
there's a kindness in God's justice
     which is more than liberty.
There's no place where human sorrows
     are more deeply felt than heav'n;
there's no place where human failings
     have such kindly judgments giv'n.

For the love of God is broader
     than the measures of our mind;
and the heart of the Eternal
     is most wonderfully kind.
But we make that love too narrow
     by the limits of our own;
and we magnify God's strictness
     with a zeal Love will not own.

There is grace enough for thousands
     of new worlds as great as this;
there is room for fresh creations
     in that endless world of bliss.
If our love were but more simple
     we would trust the living Word;
and our lives would fill with gladness
     in the joy of Christ our Lord.


   Words by F.W. Faber, altered by Colin Gibson 1993
   Music and revised text © Colin Gibson 1993

Permission is given to reproduce this material,  with acknowledgement,
for non-commercial use in a congregational or similar setting.



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