Widen Our Sense of Belonging

Written for Anna and Audun on their wedding in 2011.

Widen Our Sense of Belonging

Bret Hesla © 2011

1. Widen our sense of belonging
In every place we call home
Sharpen our eye for the beauty
Everywhere that we roam
Increase our love for each other
In simple kindness expressed
In bountiful love, together we’ll reach for the best.

2. May we have time to look inward
Teach us to trust in our dreams
Show us the balance of living
Fishing and stocking the stream
Give us new eyes when we travel
Returning to see what we missed
Then grounded in love, We’ll daily set off for the best.

Give us a home, give us a heart
Wide as the Atlantic sea.
Then grounded in love, together we’ll reach for the best.
3. Give us a song for the binding
All of us scattered and strewn
Water the seed of forgiveness
Waiting inside us to bloom
May we put gates through our fences
May we in neighbors invest
Till surrounded by love, together we’ll reach for the best.

Give us a home, Give us a heart
wide as the Iowa sky
Then surrounded by love, together we’ll reach for the best.

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