Make straight the way
1. Make straight the way: the city streets
for God a highway laid;
with dauntless voice proclaim good news,
street angels, unafraid.
Shall we, who once 'hosanna' cried,
cry 'crucify' today?
Christ, give us strength to bear your cross
along Cyrene's way.
2. Make straight the truth, pierce with your light
our world that thinks it knows;
its odd delusions, unknown gods,
our sophistries expose.
Shall we, who question 'what is truth?',
re-hang you on the tree?
Christ, teach our minds the wisdom of
your truth to set us free.
3. Make straight the life, life spent with grief,
spent poor or spent in wealth;
life lived with others, lived alone,
in sickness or in health.
Shall we still seek to live for self
as though to you unknown?
Christ of our secret thoughts, raise us
from death to life, your own.
4. Emmanuel, be God with us
as once in Palestine
you fed the hungry, healed the sick,
turned water into wine.
Our feet are yours to walk your way,
our minds your truth to name;
and in your life, our lives made new
your kingdom love proclaim.
Possible tunes: Kingsfold, Noel.
See also commentary and notes