The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Your love has called us

The Spirit sings through Brian Wren's hymns

I grew up going to a Lutheran church each Sunday, singing wonderful hymns from the red book, then the green book. But it wasn't until the blue book that I sang a hymn that spoke to the deepest need of my soul, telling me I was both beloved by God and called to reflect that love to others.

"Great God, your love has called us here," I sang, feeling the words enfold me. "As we, by love, for love were made." Moving through the five simple verses of the unfamiliar hymn, my eyes grew wet, not with sudden grief, fear or a feeling that I was lower than a worm but with a joyful, grateful recognition: I am created and called by Love, for love — and so are you.

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