WALKIN DOWN THE ROAD

1. When the day has begun,
and the darkness is done,
and my eyes see the sky so blue, I put on my clothes,
I'm ready to go
walkin down the road with you.
So I'm walkin down the road, walkin down the road,
walkin down the road with you. Yes, I'm walkin down the road. walkin down the road .
walkin down the road with you.

2. You know how it goes
when I'm walkin the road,
I'm a child, everything seems new.
I trip, hurt my knees,
lose my way in the trees,
so I'm walkin down the road with you.

3. You can see where to go,
feel the wind as it blows
in the day and the night-time too.
You know when to run,
when to rest in the sun,
so I'm walkin down the road with you.

4. Oh, stay by my side,
Jesus, you be my guide,
don't you know how I trust in you. Show me where I should call,
pick me up when I fall,
as I'm walkin down the road with you.


1978. There's a natural tendency in human beings to think of God as being majestic and unapproachable. But I find it hard to think of God like that, because Jesus shows us a God who is close, a companion on the way. This is ‘not one who is unable to feel sympathy for our weaknesses’ (Hebrews 4:15). The God revealed by Jesus, the ‘only God we ever get’ (Luther), has experienced the life of us humans and promises to stay with us forever. I hope this song communicates that kind of understanding of the inventor of stars and sapphires. Dorothy and I were at a camp at Cudlee Creek in the Adelaide Hills with our 5-year-old daughter and 3- year-old twin sons.. We went for a walk on Saturday afternoon in a paddock where cows had clearly been in recent times. Our children took delight in wandering off, using the cowcakes — dry ones, fortunately! — as stepping stones. This song started from the experience. It should retain an earthy flavour (smell?) — and so should the practice of our faith.


 

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!!