Arms Stretched to Fill the Barns

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Minister: Lift up your hearts!
Congregation: We lift them up to the Lord!

When You our Lord released us from our captivity
     We were like dreamers.
Our mouths were filled with laughter,
     And all our tongues could do was sing.

Heathen onlookers were baffled,
     And acknowledged that our God had done
     Great things for us.
So we amen what the heathen say,
     You have done great things for us,
     And so it is that we are glad.

Turn our captivity, Lord,
     Alter the course of the stream,
     Divert it south.

Those who sow tears will harvest the joy,
     Tears are precious seed,
     And the one who weeps sows,
     And the one who sows weeps.
He shall doubtless come again,
     Arms stretched to carry the sheaves of joy,
     Arms stretched to fill the barns.

And so, gracious Father, we worship You now through Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end, amen.

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