of Thorns and Sweat
[Continuing the hymn-for-Sundays series]
When Adam sinned he had to sweat
– his work a struggle – weed and thorn;
with troubles daily we’re beset,
into sin’s ways we have been born.
When Jesus faced for us the cross
he prayed in agony of sweat,
they mocked him – thorny crown; sin’s curse
he bore for us and paid our debt.
One day we’ll have rich joy and peace,
no troubles, thorns in work we do,
from sweated labour, full release,
perfect creation – all made new.
Tune: LM eg Old Hundredth, of Tallis’ Canon (tune of ‘Glory to thee, my God this night’)
‘Through painful toil you will eat of it all the days of your life. It will produce thorns and thistles for you; … By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground’ (Genesis 3:18,19
‘“Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.”… And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.’ (Luke 22:42, 44) ‘twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on his head They put a staff in his right hand and knelt in front of him and mocked him. “Hail, king of the Jews!” they said. They spat on him, and took the staff and struck him on his head again and again.’ (Matthew 27:29-30) “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing” (Luke 23:34)
‘In keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness.’ 2 Peter 3:13