The Word Of God
Lyrics and Melody By: Catherine Daber
The Word of God
From desert cliff and mountaintop we trace the wide design,
Strike-slip fault and overthrust and syn and anticline...
We gaze upon creation where erosion makes it known,
And count the countless aeons in the banding of the stone.
Odd, long-vanished creatures, and their tracks, and shells are found;
Where truth has left it's sketches on the slate beneath the ground.
The patient stone will speak, if we will listen when it talks.
Humns wrote the Bible; God wrote the rocks.
There are those who name the stars, who watch the sky by night,
Seeking out the darkest place, to better see the light.
Long ago, when torture broke the remnant of his will,
Galileo recanted, but the Earth is moving still.
High above the mountaintops, where only distance bars,
The truth has left it's footprints in the dust between the stars.
We may watch and study, or shudder and deny,
Humans wrote the Bible; God wrote the sky.
By stem and root and branch we trace, by feather, fang and fur,
How the living thingsthat are, descend from things that were.
The moss, the kelp, the zebrafish, the very mice, and flies,
The tiny humble wordless things---how shall they tell us lies?
We are kin to beasts; no other answer can we bring.
The truth has left it's fingerprints on every living thing.
Remember, when you have to choose between them in the strife,
Humans wrote the Bible; God wrote life.
And we who listen to the sky, or walk the dusty grade,
Or break the very atoms down, to see how they are made,
Or study cells, or living things, seek truth with open hand.
The profoundest act of worship is to try to understand.
Deep in flower, and in flesh, in star and soil and seed,
The truth has left it's living word, for everyone to read.
So turn and look where ere you think the truth will be unfurled,
Humans wrote the Bible; God wrote the world.
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