Ours is a Simple Faith

by Elias Blum

I have a remarkably high tolerance for Christian music in various forms, from medieval choral music, through bluegrass gospel, to modern worship music.

However, much of this vast corpus of music isn’t really suitable, lyrically and theologically, for progressive or liberal Christian services. As the old joke says, “Why Unitarian Universalists can’t sing? Because they are always scanning ahead to see whether they disagree with the words!”

So I’m always on the look-out for good, uplifting, singable songs that can be added to the hymnal. Today I discovered this little gem, which I think really gets to the heart of what Christian faith, ethics and practice is about.

(Also, towards the end it becomes about as close to happy-clappy as we get).


Ours is a simple faith
Life is a short embrace
Heaven is in this place every day

Hope is the ground we till
Make each day what you will
Thankful for dreams fulfilled every day

No room in this heart for fear
No judgement day drawing near
Trust that inner voice you hear every day

Life’s not a goal or race
Its about heart and faith
And living a life of grace every day

Ours is a simple faith
Life is a short embrace
Heaven is in this place every day

Hope is the ground we till
Make each day what you will
Thankful for dreams fulfilled every day

Trust is an open hand
Making an honest stand
Rooted here in the land every day

Living the mystery
Seeking the harmony
Here between you and me every day

Ours is a simple faith
Life is a short embrace
Heaven is in this place every day

Hope is the ground we till
Make each day what you will
Thankful for dreams fulfilled every day

[Music and Lyrics by Mustard’s Retreat. Check them out. They’ve got some good stuff.]

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