We Give Thee but Thine Own (ELW 686)
1 We give thee but thine own,
whate’er the gift may be;
all that we have is thine alone,
a trust, O Lord, from thee.
2 May we thy bounties thus
as stewards true receive,
and gladly, as thou blessest us,
to thee our first-fruits give.
3 The captive to release,
to God the lost to bring,
to teach the way of life and peace –
it is a Christ-like thing.
4 And we believe thy word,
though dim our faith may be:
whate’er we do for thine, O Lord,
we do it unto thee.
This hymn was written in 1858 by William Walsham How, a son of a wealthy English solicitor who became a minister in the Anglican Church and served in rural areas throughout his career. As a gesture of his concern for the common person, he rode in public transportation instead of in a private carriage.
I would like to focus on the phrase “a trust, O Lord, from thee.”
I was named in a trust fund a while back with the responsibility to care for the property in trust so it can be passed on to others.
I am reminded that in the same way everything that you and I have, we have as a trust given to us from God. We ask God to guide us in sharing all that God has given us. One of my parishioners once said, I never realized how much I had, till I began to tithe. May we all be good stewards of God’s trust as revealed in Jesus Christ.
Gracious God, may we learn from this hymn about having all things as a trust from you. May we learn to teach others of the way of life and peace, it is a Christ-like thing. Amen.