A thought

Songwriting has been part of my ‘stock in trade’ for many years now. The professionals in Nashville start writing first thing Monday morning and Hey Ho, another hit appears by lunchtime! It ain’t quite like that with the rest of us! We wait for the inspiration to hit. Some call it ‘The Muse’, I just call it a word or a phrase that I read, or heard somebody say. It may even be a feeling left by a  scene I’ve lived. As I get older this happens less often, probably because less seems to happen in life anyway!

The desire is still there to say something in a song that might touch a heart, make somebody think or even point that someone to Jesus and all that he is and has done. Well, here are the lyrics to a song I wrote recently thinking about all this stuff. Haven’t recorded it yet…. but maybe that’s a good thing!!!!!


See that old songwriter slumped in a chair,
Looking for inspiration that just isn’t there.
Dreaming of good days when words tumbled down,
Like the fast flowing freeway on the far edge of town.

Hoping and praying he’s nothing to lose,
Writing a story about yesterday’s news.
The glories of heaven, the terrors of hell,
And the wonders of life that we all know so well.

Does it matter at all
When your back is close to the wall?
Does it matter at all
When your back is so close to the wall?

Once saw a stranger drifting on by,
With a pain in his heart and a tear in his eye.
I wanted to ask him what had gone wrong,
But all that I got were the words of a song.

Eternity’s calling, whispering clear,
But who’s gonna listen and who’s gonna hear?
The ransom is payed for all who will come,
For all who will bow down to bright heaven’s Son.

Does it matter at all
When your back is close to the wall?
Does it matter at all
When your back is so close to the wall?

Celestial Voices

Christmas how did it all start? Arguably the most important historical birth ever that continues to rock the world and affect people’s lives today.

Announced on YouTube, TikTok, Facebook, filmed by Netflix? No!! But by an angel sent from God, backed by a heavenly choir to ordinary shepherds just doing their job on a Bethlehem hillside, watching over their flocks and at night too. What a shock they must have had.

Following God’s instructions off they went, found the stable, bowed down in awe and wonder to worship the baby born to be a heavenly King then………..went back to work with a new spring in their step understanding in part that God’s long awaited Messiah had come to rescue his people.

That rescue is still open today to all who wonder, welcome and bow to worship him as King of their hearts and lives and not only, as the shepherds thought, from their enemies outside but much more from the enemy we all have within, the sin that separates us from God.

The writer G K Chesterton wrote:

‘The world will not perish for lack of wonders but for lack of WONDER.’

Let’s join the shepherds and regain that sense of wonder at the coming of Jesus to be the Saviour of the world.


Our refuge and strength

Covid 19 has spread it’s gloomy shadow over the whole earth in these last few months bringing sickness and death in every place. It is also causing economic collapse in countries, in industry and most worryingly in individual homes. Yet so many are working hard to stop it’s effects and it’s spread particularly those in health services and caring professions across the world!

Where is God may well be the cry of many troubled and fearful hearts?

“God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble” was the cry of the Psalmist.
(Psalm 46:1)

“The LORD upholds all who are falling
and raises up all who are bowed down”. (Psalm:145:14)

“The LORD is near to all who call on him,
to all who call on him in truth”.

In the silence of our empty streets particularly in ‘locked down’ towns and cities surely the right thing to  do is “Be still, and know that He is God”. (Psalm 46:10)

But the best thing is to know with absolute confidence that the Lord Jesus His beloved Son is risen and with us always. He will save and welcome into his eternal Kingdom all who turn to him and trust in him.

‘….to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God‘. (John 1:12)

I’ve been thinking

‘I’m on this lonely heartworn highway’ is the first line of a song I often sing when visiting people in our local soup kitchens.  Many of the guests are always on the move but never seem to be getting anywhere or doing anything of much. In the Bible it says ‘Jesus went about doing good’ (Acts 10:38). If we’re honest a lot of the time we just ‘go about’! The key is that ‘God anointed Jesus with the Holy Spirit and with power….for God was with Him’. Peter tells how Jesus commanded the disciples to testify that  God appointed him to be judge of the living and the dead and proclaim forgiveness  of sins to everyone who believes in his name. 

When  that becomes our main aim in life we  will no longer be just ‘going about’ but  we’ll also be ‘going about doing good’. When the Holy Spirit was poured out on the believers at Pentecost they  immediately began the good work  of proclaiming and even ‘gossiping’ the Gospel. As believers today we have been given the same Spirit in order to do the same good work. Let’s be sure to make that our priority – ‘going about doing good’!