The Story of a Hymn
Gideon Burton has offered a probing and moving call to welcome more differences on a firmer foundation of empathy: a Gospel that is to enjoy its full promise of reunification of relations is also a master of the art of graceful separation and multiple dignified life pathways: may this refrain resound! “Some part from us; some choose another way. We’ll joy in you, our once and future friends. The bonds of love will outlast life’s little day. In faith we trust to find you near again.”
Thank you so very much for telling this story and sharing this hymn. We have been so concerned that members withdrawing from Church activity, as our children have done, find themselves excluded from loving relationships with their families or friends. Gideon has given voice to our sorrow at seeing our children choose a different path through life, but also the delight for who they have become and gratitude that we still experience joy in their companionship and continued hope for our eternal relationships. That association must also be pursued even when a different course is chosen by friends.