“If you can heal on a Sabbath, Lord”

A tune from the folk-rock group “Cowboy Junkies” was running through my head
as I contemplated worship the week we came to Luke’s question
about who Jesus really is, and the power he sets free for us.

If you can heal on a Sabbath, Lord,
reach out your hand to these,

Who aching pray,
who crying sing,
who hungry walk your field.

If you can heal on a Sabbath, Lord,
reach out your hand to me,

This day, this life,
this reaching forth,
this bread you make to bring.


(lyric William B. Jones after Luke 6:1-11,
written to tune of “Simon Keeper” by Cowboy Junkies.)

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2 thoughts on ““If you can heal on a Sabbath, Lord”

  1. Enjoying your lyrics much more than the original, and also enjoyed seeing them at the “Tralf” in Buffalo a while back. They were kind enough to invite the audience to call out requests which was refreshing, and created a more intimate experience. Easter Blessings to all!

  2. Thanks, Deb. It took their original song to get to this one, of course – a kind of extension, or prayer Simon Keeper might make, perhaps.

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