How Much More

How Much More

If human hearts are often tender,
And human minds can pity know;
If human love is touched with splendour,
And human hands compassion show,

Then how much more shall God our Father
In love forgive, in love forgive!
Then how much more shall God our Father
Our wants supply, and none deny!

If sometimes men can live for others,
And sometimes give where gifts are spurned;
If sometimes treat their foes as brothers,
And love where love is not returned,

Then how much more…!

gowans_larssonpicFrom 1967 to 1990, John Gowans and John Larsson, both Salvation Army officers, wrote ten musical plays, each presenting a specific message promoting the Salvation Army’s message and goals. This song is from the second musical, titled “Hosea” – the story of the Old Testament prophet’s faithfulness and forgiveness towards his unfaithful wife, relating this to God’s forgiveness of His people who had broken their promises to Him. The musical was first performed at Bognor Regis, England, in 1969.

The first musical, as Salvationists will know, was “Take-Over Bid”, written when the authors were asked to produce something new for the Salvation Army’s International Youth Year of 1968. A month after the request, in 1966, the writers had come up with nothing, but were persuaded to try again – fortunately for the thousands of audience members and performers who have since enthusiastically received the productions and been encouraged and challenged. Both writers subsequently became Generals of the worldwide Salvation Army: John Gowans from 1999-2002 and John Larsson from 2002-2006. General Gowans passed away/was “Promoted to Glory” in December 2012.

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Words: John Gowans Music: John Larsson References: There’s a Boy Here: The Autobiography of General John Gowans, The Gowans and Larsson Musicals Website
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