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.


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.