1. All the mothers are crying, the order is out, "Kill the baby boy Hebrew slaves."
But a basket is hidden in a river of reeds
- a sister is watching her brother,

a sister is watching her brother.

2. What the basket contained was discovered one day when the princess came to the river:
a Hebrew baby was crying inside,
the princess, oh she was sorry.

the princess, oh she felt sorry.

3. And Pharaoh's daughter is God's right hand, bringing freedom and a promised land.
And the walls of Jericho fall to the plain: Moses is growing in Pharaoh's domain. Moses is growing in Pharaoh's domain.

Pulled out of the water, and raised like a king, in the soon-to-be-freedom hear Miriam sing; Moses adopted as the son of a prince;
(the) angels of God watching over,

(the) angel of death passing over. [Chorus]

4. Like the kid in the basket in the reeds of the Nile, pull me out of trouble and danger.
Jesus, draw me through your cross of death, bring me into the palace,

bring me into God's home. [Chorus]

Robin Mann © 1994. I had invited Peter Lockwood, a good friend and classmate at school (in our final year, he topped the State in Classical Greek, I came bottom. But we both got A's - we were the only two doing the subject!) to preach at Golden Grove while our pastor was on leave. Dr. Peter is a lecturer at Luther Seminary, a specialist in Old Testament, and he told me he planned to preach on Exodus 2:1-10, the story of Moses' birth, concealment, and then adoption by Pharaoh's daughter. I couldn't find a song that really fitted with it, so, inspired by what Peter told me about the text, I wrote this one. The reading is very rich. There are themes of redemption, rescue, life and death; themes about God's mercy, and the role of women, both pagans and Israelites, in the salvation of Israel and ultimately the whole world. Peter told me that the Hebrew word for basket is only used in one other place, and that's in Genesis, where it's the word that we translate as "ark". So the vessel of safety is there for Noah and for Moses. And in Christian history, the boat has been a symbol for the church...


ALWS 5/10/23

To say I've been inactive on my website is a serious understatement! I've written nothing here since early 2021. 

So, does this mean the world has stopped for us, that nothing is happening?
A major event for us in 2022 was moving house in October. We had been in Modbury Heights since July 1993.Now we're back in Klemzig.

In May 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.
Since then we have visited Box Hill & Loxton with Jonathan & Julie Krause as part of the Asante presentations, promoting the cause of ALWS. Still to come this year are Asante events in Toowoomba & Rochedale (Nov 26 & 27) and Perth (Dec 10)

Looking forward to seeing many people on these occasions.