O Lord Of Every Shining Constellation

1984 Songbook Section: 
God the Father: Works
1984 Songbook Number: 

Verse 1
O Lord of every shining constellation
That wheels in splendor through the midnight sky,
Grant us your Spirit's true illumination
To read the secrets of your work on high.

Verse 2
You, Lord, have made the atom's hidden forces,
You laws its mighty energies fulfill;
Teach us, to whom you give such rich resources,
In all we use, to serve your holy will.

Verse 3
O Life, awaking life in cell and tissue,
From flower to bird, from beast to brain of man;
Help us to trace, from birth to final issue,
The sure unfolding of your age-long plan.

Verse 4
You, Lord, have stamped your image on your creatures,
And, though they mar that image, love them still;
Lift up our eyes to Christ, that in his features
We may discern the beauty of your will.

Verse 5
Great Lord of nature, shaping and renewing,
You made us more than nature's sons to be;
You help us tread, with grace our souls enduing,
The road to life and immortality.