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!


 

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!!