Sunday, 1 March 2009

A hymn for Lent

A hymn by Kim Fabricius

(Tune: Aurelia)

Baptised and Spirit-driven,
our Lord went forth inspired,
for all the unforgiven
to face the Satan’s fire;
he wrestled the temptation
for agonising hours,
of gaining our salvation
through soul-corrupting power.

He tested his vocation
with ruthless honesty,
without equivocation
he probed his inner “me”;
he fought his desert demons,
he battled with his beasts,
they left him for a season,
but did not leave in peace.

The devil bashed the Bible,
appealed to common sense;
but Jesus saw the libel:
“Go, Satan, get thee hence!”
No, Lord, you weren’t exempted
from Adam’s awful plight;
be there when we are tempted,
our forty days and nights.

4 Comments:

bruce hamill said...

Thanks for the hymn Kim. I preached today on Jesus identity forming struggle with temptation. You may be interested in the link. http://coastalunity.org/sermons/rev-dr-bruce-hamill/march-1st-2009-the-struggle-against-the-dominion-of-death/
It is heavily influenced by James Alison's recent essay on prayer - from his website

saint egregious said...

A Children's Lenten Hymn by Saint Egregious
(Sung to Old McDonald)

Mean old Satan was a grump, e-i-e-i-o
Sat sweet Jesu on a hickory stump, e-i-e-i-o
With a tempt tempt here and a tempt-tempt there
Here a tempt there a tempt, everywhere a tempt-tempt
Mean old Satan was a grump, e-i-e-i-o

Told Sweet Jesu he could be rich, e-i-e-i-o
Sweet Baby J 'buked that sonofabritch, e-i-e-i-o
With a left hook here and a right cross there,
Here a bam, there a blam, everywhere a slam-slam
Man that body cast sure do itch, e-i-e-i-o

Well, that's enough a that one. Thanks for the inspiration, Kim. That ole devil's a real hoot, that's what he is.

Doug Chaplin said...

"he probed his inner 'me'"

Good grief, that is more painful than an "inner ma"

Ben Myers said...

Great work, Saint Egregious!

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