They Shall Be Oaks of Righteousness

Hymn sung to Granby Oaks, Isaiah 61

by Dennis Moon

They shall be oaks of righteousness, all who afflicted be,
For our God has anointed us to set the captive free.
All those oppressed, imprisoned by spite, all who in darkness
yearn for the light
They shall be oaks of righteousness, tall towering trees of
God.
They shall be oaks of righteousness, those yet with broken
heart,
Those seeking comfort in helplessness, thus we've been set
apart.
Those who in sadness and sorrow do mourn, blossom in
gladness, in joy will be born,
They shall be oaks of righteousness, tall towering trees of
God.
We shall be oaks of righteousness, for we are seedlings still,
Strength'ning in love and in faithfulness, Rip'ning to
heav'nly will.
Called from the soil of sin and despair, planted by God all
hope to repair,
We shall be oaks of righteousness, tall towering trees of God.

Denny Moon is the grateful husband of Sally, the proud father of Brita, Aaron, and Julia, and he relishes being called “Buka” by Otto, Gus, and Arne. He is one of the ministers at South Church, U.C.C. in Granby, Conn., and the founder of “Heads Up! Hartford!” Writing songs, hymns, and musicals makes him very happy, as does teaching the art of storytelling.

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