|1.||She hovered o’er the waters
And breathed a world to birth
As God marked its foundation
She formed the shapeless earth, Helpmeet and co-creatrix,
And consort of His throne, In God, His world and children,
Delighting in each one.
|3.||She made her home in Zion,
And with our Saviour too
As John announced Messiah,
Descending into view,
Some heard a voice like thunder,
Some saw a heavenly dove:
The whole fount of the Spirit,
The fullness of God’s love.
|2.||As guide unto the nations
She led a chosen race
By night and day a Presence
Across the desert’s face:
They saw a cloudy pillar,
At night a shaft of fire,
The signs that God’s own Spirit
Would lead them and inspire.
|4.||Emboldened by the promise Made by their risen Lord,
His people met together
Were following His word, They felt a wind had risen, And saw Her living flame
The breath of God’s own Spirit
In fullest measure came.
|5.||God’s people o’er the ages
Knew of Her ancient fame:
As Hokhma and Sophia – For Wisdom was Her name –
As cloud upon the altar,
As Holy Spirit who
As Counsellor and Presence
Is Heavenly Mother too.
Composition: written on Whitsunday 08.06.2003 Copyright © 2003 Kenneth MacKinnon
Tune: Hymns & Psalms 478(i) BENTLEY. May also be sung to 515 AURELIA..
Notes: v. 1: Genesis 1.1’ Proverbs 8.30a, Wisdom 9. 4, Proverbs 8. 30b – 31;
- 2: Numbers 9. 15; v. 3: Wisdom 9. 8, Ecclesiasticus 24. 8 – 12, John 1. 29 –
34, Matthew 3. 16 – 17, Mark 9. 11 ; Luke 3. 2, Gospel of Hebrews (in
Jerome on Isaiah); v. 4: Luke 24. 49, John 14. 16, Acts 2. 1-3;
- 5: Proverbs 8, Wisdom 9: 17 , Ezekiel 10. 4, John 16. 7, Galatians 4. 26.