YOU CALL ME TO LOVE

1. You call me to love,
and you show me the path. You tell me the burden is easy, "Love is so simple,
just be like a child,
trust me for all that you need."

2. You call me to love,
if I'm old or I'm young.
You tell me, you show me it's meaning: it's not what we do,
but what God has done,
sending his Son for us all.
If I could sing like an angel,
if I had faith to move mountains, nothing would change,
death would remain,
nothing would change without love. Nothing can live without love.

3. You call me to love,
to be patient and kind,
never jealous or boastful,
but humble.
Love isn't selfish or angry or rude, love doesn't count others' wrongs.

4. You call me to love,
to rejoice in the truth,
to be loyal and faithful forever. Fill me with hope,
keep me growing in you — help me to love as you do.
If I could sing like an angel . . .


1998. Written while holidaying at Middleton — the annual summer jaunt. Based, obviously, on 1 Corinthinans 13, the reading we chose to focus on for the monthly student service in February. It’s the epistle reading for the 4th Sunday after Epiphany in Year C. The idea of the call comes from the Old Testament reading for that Sunday, Jeremiah 1:4-10. Themes from 1 John 4 and Matthew 11 also got in to the act. God shows us so well these qualities of love in the life and death of Jesus. We, on the other hand, have still got a lot of work to do. Musically, family members found 'Fool on the hill' strongly represented in the verse.


 

Thanks ...

Last Monday, November 19, I got back home after a 4 week trip, mostly in Queensland.Only possible because of
Ray Shillabeer.
He's been my driver for the past 7½ years, for trips to Victoria, ACT, NSW and Queensland. He likes to label himself as 'Ray the Roadie', but he's a lot more than that. For the churches & schools I've sung at, we both set up the sound gear - the amps, guitars et al. He then retires to a back seat, while I sing & play. Afterwards, at schools, we take the gear down together. But at churches, he looks after the gear, while I talk with people & sell CDs & books. We get to stay with people most places , & we both love meeting people, enjoying their terrific hospitality.
This trip was his swan-song. I know he's enjoyed the driving & meeting people, but I still don't know how to say thank you. In his modest, self deprecating way, he'd reject the label of 'Servant of Christ', but he's been that for me, & together we've been able to serve people in many places.

THANKS, RAY!!