Active and Patient Religion ("With Humble Hands Now Clasped")
Words: Nickolas Campbell, 2014
Music: tune, RHOSYMEDRE, John David Edwards, ca. 1838
The author writes of this hymn: "In my research for this past Sunday's sermon, I came across John Wesley's description of Christianity as an "active, patient religion" (Sermon on the Mount, Discourse 4, paragraph 5). When I woke up this morning, I had the basic verse worked out. I tried to keep the tension between the active and the patient (what we usually divide into as vital piety and social holiness), as well as share in the refrain the three forms of grace (prevenient/depending on God; justifying/conforming to Christ; sanctifying/confiding in the Holy Spirit)."