SORROWING SONG

1. Lord, hear my praying, listen to me;
you know there's evil in what I see.
I know I'm part of all that is wrong;
still, won't you hear my sorrowing song?

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.


 

Doctor of Divinity awarded to
Robin Mann

Last night, December 6, at the University of Divinity's Adelaide Graduation night at the Glynde Lutheran Church, I was awarded the University's highest academic award.
The citation opened by praising my "
sustained and distinguished contribution to theological scholarship over the last fifty years through original musical composition that advances the celebration of Christian, communal life and identity." 
While feeling a little overwhelmed by the grandeur of the event & the impressive outfit provided for me to wear, I was very pleased to receive the award, as it recognises the importance of the music of Christian communities. The award is not just for me but for the many writers & musicians who have contributed so much over many years.