HERE

1. I saw heaven and earth,
brand new heaven and earth,
and I heard a voice say to me:
2. He will wipe away
every tear away,
every pain away - all things new.
No more sighing, crying,dying
- God himself is here.
3. And he will make his home,
here with us his home;
God will make his home with us all.
No more sighing, crying, dying
- God himself is here.
4. The old has passed away,
sadness passed away,
death has passed away
- all things new.

Melody: Robert Schumann (1838)
Words: Neal Nuske, Robin Mann, Geoff Schirmer (1984); based on Revelation 21:1-5


1984. These words, based on Revelation 21:1-5, were the combined effort of Neal Nuske and Geoff Schirmer, both Lutheran pastors, and myself. When I heard Neal playing the wonderful tune by Robert Schumann ([Von Fremden und Leuten] Of foreign places and people from Scenes of Childhood) I thought it would make a beautiful song. The following day (we were at a National Youth Assembly) Neal suggested Revelation 21 as a theme and I think we immediately wrote the first verse together. The rest came out fairly quickly, and I sang it, with Neal's exquisite accompaniment, at the Assembly concert later in the week.
ALL THINGS NEW (Revised – inclusive language)
1. I saw heaven and earth, brand new heaven and earth, and I heard a voice say to me:
2. God will wipe away every tear away, every pain away - all things new. No more sighing, crying, dying - God himself is here.
3. And see, God makes a home, here with us a home; God will make a home with us all. 4. The old has passed away, sadness passed away, death has passed away - all things new.


 

2021 - Where do we go from here?

Breezin' along in my Japanese coupe, breezin' along with the windows down. The dog keeps sniffing the air - he's got an empty head but he's alright. We've got time to spare, time to get where, we don't know, and who cares?

And the days go fast and the nights go faster
Lord, where do we go from here?
Lord, where do you want me to be? (© Robin Mann 1972)

Some questions keep on coming, and this is one of them.
The pandemic has put a hold on so much, and while Australia is in a better position than many, uncertainty remains.

Two weeks ago I  finished a song 'In the year that's coming'. It ends with:

May your love shine through us,
every day renew us,
keep on coming to us, 
stay with us
in the coming year.