In this country this Sunday is usually kept as “Mothering Sunday”; elsewhere it is known as “Refreshment Sunday”. Either way, we are in the mid-point of Lent. This hymn is new to me – I chanced upon it browsing a hymn book – although the author, Charles Wesley is a familiar name.

Help us to help each other, Lord,
each other’s cross to bear;
let each his friendly aid afford,
and feel another’s care.

Up into thee, our living head,
let us in all things grow,
and by thy sacrifice be led
the fruits of love to show.

Touched by the lodestone of thy love
let all our hearts agree;
and ever towards each other move,
and ever move towards thee.

This is the bond of perfectness,
thy spotless charity.
O let us still, we pray, possess
the mind that was in thee.

Charles Wesley (1707–1788)

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