1. It’s been a hard life, I’m not complaining,
but I’ve often known the bitter taste of death. And I’ve been lonely and oh so weary,
but I’ve had to battle on with every breath.
It’s been a long drought out back, it’s been a long drought out back, I’ve had a long drought within.

2. I’d waited too long to hope for children,
when it seemed my tired womb began to grow. But still I waited, oh how I waited
for a sign of life, a kick, so I could know.

3. That day I watched as my cousin Mary
walked over summer paddocks, bare and brown.
When she spoke simply – “Hullo, how are you?” –
my baby broke its six month sleep in leaps and bounds.

4. Being a woman with life inside me,
it was wonderful to live that day.
And knowing Mary, and who she carried, I knew that I would never be alone again.

Norman Habel & Robin Mann © 1981


ALWS 29/5/24

In May 2023 we travelled to the Mentawai Islands in Indonesia, seeing work supported by Australian Lutheran World Service. Dorothy and I are Ambassadors for the ALWS programme, Lives You Touch. We are encouraging people to leave money in their will for the work of ALWS. We committed to leave a third of our will many years ago and hope many others can touch lives in this way.

Last year we visited churches in SA, Vic, Qld and WA with Jonathan & Julie Krause promoting the cause of ALWS.

Coming up soon:

* Nuriootpa (St Petri) Saturday June 22, 4 pm

To be confirmed:
Bordertown July 28,
Everton Park (Qld) August 17,
Canberra August 24 

Looking forward to seeing you at one of these events