I’ve been looking for songs that talk about sending, as in the sending of mission. There’s a lot asking God to send the Spirit, or send the rain. But very few that ask God to send us out. Here’s one from Colin Gibson, in Dunedin, New Zealand. I learned to sing this in Dunedin, not far from Otago Peninsula which houses an albatross colony.
Where the road runs out and the signposts end,
where we come to the edge of today,
be the God of Abraham for us;
send us out upon our way.
Lord, you were our beginning,
the faith that gave us birth.
We look to you, our ending,
our hope for heaven and earth.
When the coast is left and we journey on
to the rim of the sky and the sea,
be the sailor’s friend, be the dolphin Christ;
lead us on to eternity.
When the clouds are low and the wind is strong,
when tomorrow’s storm draws near,
be the spirit bird hovering overhead
who will take away our fear.