THE BEGINNING OF WISDOM
What do we know? What do we learn?
Why is the world? Why are we born?
Who can explain all the ripples on the ocean,
The joy of a birth, or the aching of a heart that's torn? The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.
How do we see? How do we hear?
Who made the light? Who made the sound? Creatures of clay, we are limited for answers, Here for a day, like the flowers we will fade away. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom
What kind of god dies on a cross?
Gasping for breath, a spear in his side?
What kind of god has a face like any other,
A heart that is full of compassion for a lonely child? The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.
Fear is the start, love is the end.
Now it's unclear, later we'll see.
God, make me wise, let me treasure all you are,
In the darkness of faith we can find your everlasting light. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom
Proverbs 9:10 was the basis of these thoughts. It's a text I still puzzle over. Fear is not quite right, nor is awe when we relate to God - at least I've never thought so. I think the phrase has to do with taking the reality of God seriously in our lives, and that if you do, the world starts to make sense. I was pleased to be able to include a line from Luther in the song: "in the darkness of faith ..."
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.