God the sculptor of the mountains

God the sculptor of the mountains. John Thornburg* (1954- ).  ‘God the sculptor’ is John Thornburg’s most published hymn, written early in his hymn-writing career. Thornburg's alma mater, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University*, commissioned the hymn in honor of James E. Kirby upon his retirement as Dean of the School of Theology in 1993. The hymn was first printed and sung at the School’s diploma ceremony in May 1993. The author comments:  I got the commission just before traveling to Alaska, and while there, got to see all manner of things I'd never seen before, including bald eagles, moose, salmon running, etc. I got to pondering the relation of the wind to the...

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