SPIRIT OF GOD
1. Spirit of God, you're with me, shaping me from within;
everything Jesus promised, you bring: life in the Father's care,
your special peace we share, safety from every evil snare.
Spirit of God, fly like a dove, carry your gifts of faith and love.
2. Spirit of God, you show me heaven right here on earth;
here, in the midst of dying, is birth: water and word combine,
and all your gifts are mine —
O how the light of Jesus shines!
3. Spirit of God, you gather
people of every tongue;
women and men, the old and the young; knowing that we belong,
gathered to sing your song —
we may be weak but you are strong.
4. Give me a heart that's simple,
just like a child at play.
Let me be strong but gentle today; trusting when I can't see,
that you're at work in me,
growing some good fruit on this tree.
1987. I was reading this terrific little book called The Holy Spirit: shy member of the Trinity when I bought a new synthesiser, an Ensoniq, in July 1987. Songs have many jumping-off points, and the combination of the book and synth ( and many other things too!) led to this song. It's got a lot of words. It's a long prayer to the Holy Spirit, and also an exposition at the same time. I know that community worship songs with lots of words are not fashionable, but God just keeps putting all these words in my head! And anyway, Christians are urged in the letters of the New Testament to grow in knowledge as well as in faith and love. I think songs can help the process of growth. They get words into our heads and keep them there. If the words are a good reflection of Scripture, and focus on the beautiful things God does for us, songs can do much more than make us feel good.
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.