the law as Jesus taught it

What I’ve been thinking about and working on this week reminded me of these lyrics. The meter is 7.6.7.6.D. and the hymn can be sung to AURELIA, the tune to which “The Church’s One Foundation” is sung.

They gathered ‘round the woman
with stones enough for all,
for she was judged and guilty
according to the law.
She had no hope of rescue;
her tears fell to the ground.
Then he reached down and raised her,
and what was lost was found.

They left him by the roadside
expecting him to die.
The priest and levite passed him;
their law let them walk by.
He had no hope of rescue;
his blood now stained the ground.
Then he reached down and raised him,
and what was lost was found.

And all around us neighbors
are crying out in need.
The law must help us help them
to be the law in deed.
They have no hope of rescue;
the insight is profound:
if we reach down we are raised,
and what was lost is found.

The law as Jesus taught it
is truth and grace combined.
They cannot be divided,
nor can they be denied.
Our eyes with truth see clearly;
our lives with grace set free.
Let this be the beginning
of living differently.

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