EXPLANATION OF THE GLOSSING SYSTEM
(to understand how I describe the signs in this translation).
1. GIFT PROVE L-O-V-E, IDEA~LIKE SUNRISE
CAUSE NEW DAY BEGIN.
GOD OFFER LIFE, SHOW-us HIS-ctr MIGHT.
ALL EARTH AND SKY NOW BRIGHT.
Refrain: GIFT PROVE HE-ctr LOVE US.
GIFT PROVE HE-ctr LOVE US.
LORD, WE RECOGNIZE YOUR-ctr GLORY
GOD FINISH SAVE US.
2. FAR-AWAY HEAVEN GOD SAY,
(role play God) PREFER LIVE, DIE WHICH?
WE CAN LOVE HIM-ctr OR REFUSE.
LIVE, LOVE NOW BLEND.
L-O-V-E MEAN LIFE NOT~NEED END.
3. JESUS COME VISIT EARTH.
L-O-V-E HE-lf GIFT-TO-us HOW? HIS-lf BIRTH.
HE-lf LIVE LIKE US, NOW HAVE WORTH.
HE-lf INVITE US JOIN
CONNECT-TO GOD BECOME ONE.
4. HE-lf DIE FOR OUR S-A-K-E.
PROPHET ANNOUNCE, HAPPEN FINISH.
NOTHING CAN PREVENT HIS L-O-V-E.
SHINE-DOWN LIFT-UP US.
WE HAVE NEW LIFE CAN.
Notes: GIFT- (2h)[X], POs ><, FOs up, nod downwards at wrist to show that something is given as a gift.
IDEA~LIKE - A blending where IDEA has a [Y] instead of an [I] in anticipation of LIKE which is signed smoothly right afterwards.
CAUSE - (2h)[S] are held at the chest as if holding a rope and move forward while opening to (2h). For a QuickTime movie of this sign, see ASL browser - cause.
MIGHT - (2h)[S], POs > back of signer, FOs up, are held at NDS and fists descend, then repeat at DS.
ALL - (2h)[B^], POs up, FOs ><, DH circles around NDH and lands on its palm. For a QuickTime file of this sign, see ASL Pro: Whole.
BRIGHT - (2h)[O^], POs away, FOs up, open to (2h), while separating. For a QuickTime file of this sign, see ASL Pro: Light - 1.
GLORY - (2h), POs><, FOs away from signer, DH which is on top wiggles fingers while ascending. For an animated gif of this sign, see Animated dictionary of religious signs - Deaf Missions: Glory.
HEAVEN - (2h)[B], POs down, FOs ><, hands are held high, circle around each other and then separate.
BLEND - (2h)[5:], POs > signer, are interlaced and FTs move down like a gear.
GIFT-TO-us - (2h)[X], POs ><, FOs up, hands tip back towards signer to show that something is given as a gift.
BIRTH - S-ENTER. Not to be confused with BORN. The child is BORN, the mother GIVE[s]-BIRTH.
PROPHET - PREDICT AGENT.
SHINE-DOWN - [O^] is held high PO > signer; hands open to [5^] while moving > signer.
LIFT-UP - (2h)[B], PO down are held high and swoop down while supinating and then rise up again as if helping something mature and the hands continue up and FTs are directed > Heaven.
1. Gift of love, dawning bright,
Pierces through endless night:
God of life, sharing might,
All creation holding,
Earth and sky enfolding.
Refrain: Gift of love, love, love.
Gift of love, love, love.
Glory be, Lord, to thee,
God of salvation.
2. Thus he spoke from on high:
Choose to live or to die,
Love to give or deny --
Life and love now blending;
Love is life unending.
3. Then he came on the earth,
Gift of love from his birth;
Shared our life, gave us worth;
To himself inviting,
God with us uniting.
4. For our sake was he killed;
Once foretold, now fulfilled;
Love so great, be not stilled!
Beams of love he lifted,
And with life was gifted.
To hear a musical setting of these lyrics (without words), go to Bob's MIDI Sequences - Hymn-type MIDI Sequences and click on "Gift of Love".