1. When this earth was created
it was God who spoke the word
and it was done;
gave his warmth to the cold earth — all was new and all was young,
time had begun.
Make me warm when I am cold, make me young when I am old; move me, touch me inside,
let your love burn in me now.
2. If I'm rough, make me gentle; if my words are hard and sharp, soften this heart.
If I'm weak, make me stronger, let me look to you for strength to make a new start.
3. If I'm deaf, break the silence; if I'm blinded by the dark, give me your light.
If I'm lame and I stumble,
let me take your hand again and hold it so tight.
4. If you speak, let me hear you; help me recognise your voice everywhere.
If you pass, let me see you; help me know the face is yours, help me to care.
1976. Some songs are written quickly — this wasn't one of them. I understand the Holy Spirit's work as being mainly recreative: producing faith in people, and the fruits of faith which can largely be summed up under the heading of LOVE. Exotic and unusual things like speaking in tongues and miraculous healings are a fair way down the list.
Last Monday, November 19, I got back home after a 4 week trip, mostly in Queensland.Only possible because of
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.