Thank you to the wonderfully gifted Malcolm Gordon for the gift of this song as we seek to pray and hope for a welcome for asylum seekers in this land. Malcolm has offered it freely as a gift to share.
In these wide open spaces This land needs tilling But there's rumours of war There's whispering of killing Over mountain and flood and over the plain This dark cloud reigns
Put my hand to the plough There's no turning home For this stirring within Won't leave me alone And alone is one thing that you'll never be There is no 'them', there is only 'we'
Surely there is room for one more Love make a way How many saviours, unseen and displaced here Will we leave out in the rain?
The weight of these times Is measured in tears The risk of this love Is death to our fears Give our voice for the groaning Of children in chains Forever there's hope wherever there's pain
Surely there is room for one more Love make a way How many saviours, unseen and displaced here Will we leave out in the rain? Surely there is room for one more Love make a way Picture what we could be A generous family Where welcoming arms hold open the door
In these wide open spaces The wind blows alone And the streets are just valleys that wander and roam There is room for the pilgrim to lay down their load And build a home.
Here's a new song that I wrote with my friend David MacGregor from Brisbane. The lyrics are based on the themes of Psalm 27.
Be the light that shrouds the twilight Be the might that holds our fears Be the home that yearns our dwelling Be the stone that takes our tears
Refrain Christ be our light Whom shall we fear? Deep in the night Spirit, draw near
Be the cry that whispers mercy Be the seeker when we hide Be the taker and the giver Be the pathway and the guide
Be the sacrifice that breaks us Be the shelter in the flood Be the promise that remakes us Be the parent who is good
I wrote this at Songwrite, the first Uniting Church national songwriters gathering in Canberra in February 2014. I tweaked them a bit in the months since. Then a couple of months ago I asked members of the Songwrite facebook group if they wanted to write a tune. A couple of peoploe said yes, and a really interesting period of experimentation followed.
David's melody seemed to work really well for me, so after a little fine tuning here it is. I love the reflective yet gently uplifting mood of the melody. Thanks to Dale MacGregor for providing the vocal. I've known David and Dale for about 35 years, so it is lovely to compose a song together. Maybe there'll be more.