A CHRISTMAS BLESSING
May the feet of God walk with you, and his hand hold you tight.
May the eye of God rest on you, and his ear hear your cry.
May the smile of God be for you, and his breath give you life.
May the Child of God grow in you, and his love bring you home.
1983. Aub Podlich, friend from way back and Lutheran pastor in Queensland, sent me A Christmas Blessing together with a lot of other poems towards the end of 1982. It was a busy time, and it wasn't until January '83 that I sat down to put a tune to it. The words sang themselves — a two minute melody! Many people have obviously thought that the 8 lines don't say quite enough, and have added their own verses for weddings, funerals, anything! Though there may be occasions when some extra words seem desirable, Aub likes it as it is, and so do I (usually sung twice). Sometimes less equals more.
50 Years of songs
with Dorothy, Kindekrist
& a band of angels
Walkin down the road
The Southern Cross
For you deep stillness
A Christmas Blessing
& lots more
Saturday 24 August 7 pm
Concordia College Chapel
All proceeds support the schooling of refugee children via LCA ALWS GRACE project