MAY THE FEET OF GOD WALK WITH YOU (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/May the feet of God walk with you 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. As your servant Patrick prayed long ago, may you be behind and before me, above and below me. May your presence that we celebrate at Christmas stay with us through every day and night of the year.
2019 - a big year
July 26 1949 Robin Mann was born, 9th child of Arthur & Elsie Mann
November 5 1949 Dorothy Stiller was born, 4th child of Hugo & Valmai Stiller
December 20 1969 Robin & Dorothy were married at Christ Church Lutheran, Murray Bridge
So, in 2019 we have some special anniversaries to celebrate. Apart from a trip in Turkey in May, we're still working on other ideas. A night of music seems to be a likely starter.