Thoughts on God Whose Purpose Is to Kindle
When I was introduced to the text of this hymn at a National Pastoral Musicians’ Composers’ Workshop, I was struck by its power and relevance—perhaps even more so, today, then it was when I first set it to music. It was first published by Trinity Music and then acquired by Oregon Catholic Press, where it is still available.
GOD WHOSE PURPOSE IS TO KINDLE by David Trueblood
God, whose purpose is to kindle, now ignite us with your fire;
While the earth awaits your burning, with your passion us inspire.
Teach us courage as we struggle with all liberating strife
Lift the smallness of our vision by your own abundant life.
Overcome our sinful calmness, stir us with your saving name;
Baptize with your fiery spirit, Crown our lives with tongues of flame. [Refrain.]
God who in your holy gospel will that all should truly live,
Make us sense our share of failure, our indifference forgive. [Refrain.]