1. Beneath a crying tree, sometimes I lie,
torn by my wondering: Why, God, O why?
Why all this hurt within? Why such an empty sky?
Why all these senseless wrongs? Why, God, O why?

2. Christ on the crying tree, waiting to die:
why, God, forsake me now, why, God, O why?
God, can you now forgive? God, will you help me die?
God, do you feel my pain? God, can you cry?

3. Christ, if I wound myself under your tree,
will all the pain escape? Will I be free?
Christ, help me find within faith in myself again.
Help me discover you under my pain.

4. Is love the only way someone survives?
Is love the blood that heals wounds in our lives?
What if I took the leap, claiming my painful cries
were simply God’s deep love, helping me rise!

5. Beneath the crying tree, Christ knows my cry,
feels all the hurts I feel, knows how I die.
Deeper than bleeding wounds, deeper than hidden veins,
deeper than death itself — Christ feels the pain.

Words: Norman Habel Music: Robin Mann © 2004

ALWS 29/5/24

In May 2023 we travelled to the Mentawai Islands in Indonesia, seeing work supported by Australian Lutheran World Service. Dorothy and I are Ambassadors for the ALWS programme, Lives You Touch. We are encouraging people to leave money in their will for the work of ALWS. We committed to leave a third of our will many years ago and hope many others can touch lives in this way.

Last year we visited churches in SA, Vic, Qld and WA with Jonathan & Julie Krause promoting the cause of ALWS.

Coming up soon:

* Nuriootpa (St Petri) Saturday June 22, 4 pm

To be confirmed:
Bordertown July 28,
Everton Park (Qld) August 17,
Canberra August 24 

Looking forward to seeing you at one of these events