Here’s another wonderful song that we’ve been singing at church for the past two weeks. I’m really glad that I’m being exposed to all these songs here with their very thoughtful and reflective lyrics – in contrast to the ‘same old, same old’ stuff being churned out by the likes of Hillsongs, Planetshakers etc with every song being a rehash of the lyrics from older songs. So cheers, to people like Brian Wren, who wrote this song called ‘Bring Many Names’:
Bring many names, beautiful and good,
celebrate, in parable and story,
holiness in glory, living, loving God.
Hail and hosanna! Bring many names!
Strong mother God, working night and day,
planning all the wonders of creation,
setting each equation, genius at play:
Hail and hosanna, strong mother God!
Warm father God, hugging every child,
feeling all the strains of human living,
caring and forgiving till we’re reconciled:
Hail and hosanna, warm father God!
Old, aching God, grey with endless care,
calmly piercing evil’s new disguises,
glad of good surprises, wiser than despair:
Hail and hosanna, old aching God!
Young, growing God, eager, on the move,
saying no to falsehood and unkindness,
crying out for justice, giving all you have:
Hail and hosanna, young, growing God!
Great, living God, never fully known,
joyful darkness far beyond our seeing,
closer yet than breathing, everlasting home:
Hail and hosanna, great, living God!
I find the second verse on ‘mother God’ to be the most intriguing… here we have a feminine description of God, being linked to the creation of the world – possibly hinting at the concept of the feminine (in Gnostic thought) ‘Sophia’ or Wisdom being involved in the whole creative process as alluded to in Proverbs 8.
You can listen to its tune here.