TEACH ME YOUR WAY
1. Educate my intellect, fashion my ideals,
get inside of my emotions, walk among my dreams.
2. Take me to your cross of pain,
to your cross of glory,
where your power looks like weakness, good appears as bad.
3. Jesus, you can steer my life, alter my direction:
be the compass for my journey, navigate me home.
Yahweh, teach me your way, how to walk beside you faithfully, make me single-hearted in fearing your name. Psalm 86:11 (Jerusalem Bible) 1993. I had begun a song based on this psalm a couple of years earlier, guided by the NIV translation 'give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name'. It had never been finished. This time it was, starting the week I began as Worship/Music Co-ordinator at Golden Grove Lutheran Fellowship (in north-east Adelaide). It was helped by the Good News translation - 'teach me to serve you with complete devotion', which, combined with my love of the Everly Brothers song 'Devoted to you', gave me the last line of the chorus. The chorus was all I had for a while, both words and music. Then I had a tune for the verse. The words gradually took shape over several weeks. Family influence was more direct with this song than with some others. The jazzy influences are due to drumming son Thom starting his Jazz Performance degree that year. Dorothy suggested line two of verse two, and also proposed changing 'ways' back to 'way' in the title and chorus.
2019 - a big year
July 26 1949 Robin Mann was born, 9th child of Arthur & Elsie Mann
November 5 1949 Dorothy Stiller was born, 4th child of Hugo & Valmai Stiller
December 20 1969 Robin & Dorothy were married at Christ Church Lutheran, Murray Bridge
So, in 2019 we have some special anniversaries to celebrate. Apart from a trip in Turkey in May, we're still working on other ideas. A night of music seems to be a likely starter.