WHILE WE TEAR APART

Your body and mine, your arms, your legs, your laughter and mine, no longer two, but one, no longer two, but one
Your future and mine,

your thoughts, your dreams, your children and mine,
no longer two, but one,
no longer two, but one.

But what if a body rejects another, dreams and thoughts collide?
One is trying to hold together, one wants to divide.

We can't be disassembled,
we can't be disengaged,
we're like a coat without a seam,
and it feels like I'm disintegrating. (Repeat these 4 lines)

You can't tell where one begins and the other ends. (3 times)

Jesus, you be the patch.
Jesus, you be the stitches.
Jesus, hold me together while we tear apart. (Repeat these 3 lines)


Within many church circles thee’s so much emphasis on building strong and happy families that people find it hard to admit to broken relationships. It’s as if perfect marriages are the norm and anything less is unacceptable. But the reality of sin remains: we struggle to love each other, we make continual mistakes, we focus on the wrong issues, we completely overlook the needs of those who are closest to us. What’s remarkable is that God gives us some glimpses of heaven in the midst of our foolish and self-centred ways. And of course Jesus was, and is, always most active in healing and helping when we are most desperately in need. This song was written for a worship service — on the twentieth Sunday after Pentecost in Year B when the gospel reading is Mark 10:2-16.


 

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.