BE MY STRENGTH

1. Like a well-worn shoe,
you have supported me;
I have trusted you since I was young. But now my legs won't take me
quite as far or quite as swiftly,
be my strength, be my speed, be my shelter.

2. Like a cosy room,
you have surrounded me;
like a mother's womb, keeping me safe. But now my bones are brittle
and my voice won't sing as sweetly,
be my strength, be my speed, be my shelter.

Don't stay away from me,
God, I rely on you.
Do not abandon me now I'm old. Life hasn't been all that easy,
but you have protected me
since the day I was born.

3. Like no other God,
you keep me from the grave; death will come just once,
life will go on.
And though I don't feel different than I did when I was younger,
be my strength, be my speed, be my shelter.


1992. I had been asked to write a song for the aged care presentation at the annual state convention of our church. I made no headway until my co-worker at St Stephen's, Ronda Schultz (who had asked me in the first place!), suggested I look at Psalm 71 as a basis. Voilà!


50 Years of songs

At least 350 people came to Concordia College Chapel on Saturday August 24 to help celebrate Robin Mann's 50 years of Songs.
THANKS to  everyone who came - over $6,800 was raised for The Grace Project of ALWS, for the education of refugee children.
THANKS  to the excellent musicians who did a fantastic job playing & singing.
THANKS to the many behind the scenes who made the evening a success. Special THANKS to Isabel Mason for so many hours of work & to DOROTHY MANN, who lost her voice but whose endless multi-tasking  contributed so much.