Healing on the Sabbath, Hymn for Lent 4A — George Stuart, Australia

Fourth Sunday of Lent, Year
John 9:1-41, particularly verses 13-16a
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Healing on the Sabbath
Tune: Winchester Old

When Jesus healed on Sabbath days,
He broke the sacred law;
The power structures were appalled;
Were shocked by what they saw.

For breaking of the Sabbath rules
Was such a heinous crime;
But Jesus taught that giving care
Was right at any time.

Laws cannot bind the gen’rous soul
Nor halt love’s strong embrace;
We cannot regulate good deeds
Nor govern gifts of grace.

The time to give support and care
Is now and every day;
When love was needed, it was there;
This was the Jesus Way.

To fail to see the work of God
In acts of gen’rous care
Shows blindness and a hardened heart;
Of this we should beware!

When love is given and received
God is revealed each time;
When love is given and received
It renders life sublime.

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