THE BEGINNING OF WISDOM

  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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 ..."


 

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.