2. Children are crying, hungry for food,
sick from diseases — God, are you good? People are homeless, lost and alone —
God, are you hiding? Where have you gone?
3. Why do the rich ones steal from the poor? Why do they build their weapons of war? How can you stand the torture and pain, hope disappearing, freedom in chains?
4. Jesus, remind us that you are found
with those who cry, with those who are bound. Where there is suffering, you will be there — help us to follow, Lord, hear my prayer.
1986. The psalms are full of complaints and questions, people asking why, wondering about God's wisdom. Yet so few of the contemporary Christian songs argue with God. There's a lack of honesty, which also suggests to me that people are a little out of touch with the one who raises all these questions. Honesty, reality, anger — God can stand a little more of that from us. God is big enough.
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.