KEEPING MY EYES ON YOU
1. Watching the way you smile, watching the way you cry,
watching the way you give yourself, watching the way you die.
2. Sailing out on the lake, terrified in the storm,
seeing you walk upon the waves, knowing you bring the dawn.
3. Long ago words come true,
here you are still today;
bringing us hope and life and peace, meeting us on our way.
1982. Martin Luther described the human condition of sin with the Latin phrase 'incurvatus se' - 'curved in on oneself'. When Jesus says "Follow me!" he asks us to turn out from ourselves, to put our focus on him, and so be free of sin. The essential freedom that Jesus gives us is the freedom from our selves, looking out and serving others' interests, not our own.
Last Monday, November 19, I got back home after a 4 week trip, mostly in Queensland.Only possible because of
He's been my driver for the past 7½ years, for trips to Victoria, ACT, NSW and Queensland. He likes to label himself as 'Ray the Roadie', but he's a lot more than that. For the churches & schools I've sung at, we both set up the sound gear - the amps, guitars et al. He then retires to a back seat, while I sing & play. Afterwards, at schools, we take the gear down together. But at churches, he looks after the gear, while I talk with people & sell CDs & books. We get to stay with people most places , & we both love meeting people, enjoying their terrific hospitality.
This trip was his swan-song. I know he's enjoyed the driving & meeting people, but I still don't know how to say thank you. In his modest, self deprecating way, he'd reject the label of 'Servant of Christ', but he's been that for me, & together we've been able to serve people in many places.