BEMYSTRENGTH

1. Like a well-worn shoe,
you have supported me;
I have trusted you since I was young. But now my legs won't take me
quite as far or quite as swiftly,
be my strength, be my speed, be my shelter.

2. Like a cosy room,
you have surrounded me;
like a mother's womb, keeping me safe. But now my bones are brittle
and my voice won't sing as sweetly,
be my strength, be my speed, be my shelter.
Don't stay away from me,
God, I rely on you.
Do not abandon me now I'm old. Life hasn't been all that easy,
but you have protected me
since the day I was born.

3. Like no other God,
you keep me from the grave; death will come just once,
life will go on.
And though I don't feel different than I did when I was younger,
be my strength, be my speed, be my shelter.


1992. I had been asked to write a song for the aged care presentation at the annual state convention of our church. I made no headway until my co-worker at St Stephen's, Ronda Schultz (who had asked me in the first place!), suggested I look at Psalm 71 as a basis. Voilà!


 

2021 - Where do we go from here?

Breezin' along in my Japanese coupe, breezin' along with the windows down. The dog keeps sniffing the air - he's got an empty head but he's alright. We've got time to spare, time to get where, we don't know, and who cares?

And the days go fast and the nights go faster
Lord, where do we go from here?
Lord, where do you want me to be? (© Robin Mann 1972)

Some questions keep on coming, and this is one of them.
The pandemic has put a hold on so much, and while Australia is in a better position than many, uncertainty remains.

Two weeks ago I  finished a song 'In the year that's coming'. It ends with:

May your love shine through us,
every day renew us,
keep on coming to us, 
stay with us
in the coming year.