I came across this grand hymn text inadvertently a couple of days ago, and it has prompted my imagination several times since. Harry Emerson Fosdick wrote it in 1930 for the opening of the new Riverside Church in New York City, where he would be pastor. The most pressing issue at that time was the Great Depression, though memories of World War I were not distant. Perhaps you will find this text (and the whole hymn) helpful in the “facing of this hour:”

“God of grace and God of glory,
On thy people pour thy power…
Grant us wisdom, grant us courage,
For the facing of this hour.”

Submitted by Howard Macy

For further reflection, today we’re reading John 9 in our community lenten reader.