love the lord your God (with all your heart)

Hi folks

Been reflecting on this Sunday’s gospel: Mark 12:28-34.  As I’ve done so, I’m drawn back to the great words from Deuteronomy 6 – the Shema, which Jesus quotes from, as well as from Leviticus 19:18. I remember, in Old Testament Pentateuch studies almost 10 years ago back at college, doing a decent-length assignment on the Shema.  Its imperative for all of us in Christian Education with not just kids but all ages never leaves me.  Have I been brilliant at it, including with my own now-adult kids.  I’m sure not.  But the words of scripture don’t call me to attain the heights of a VHA with all of this, or a High Distinction.  The call of God is to love God with all of our being; but then to not leave it at that – to express this love relationship in our daily encounters and relationships in the world and to be intentional about teaching this to our children of all ages.

So … I’ve just written a somewhat-reflective song.  Couldn’t find an appropriate song to end my sermon this Sunday night. Didn’t want to use the old, hand-clapping round from the 1970s. So, as so often happens, the Spirit inspires me to write something.  Still a bit of a work in progress.  I’ll post a lead-sheet later today, but for now, here’s Draft 1 of Love the Lord your God (with all your heart)

Love the Lord your God (with all your heart)

  • each line is echoed/repeated; either using the cantor – congregation pattern OR a male/female thing.  Your call.

Love the Lord your God with all your heart
Love the Lord your God with all your mind
Love the Lord your God with all your strength
and with all your soul

Love your neighbour as you love yourself
Love your neighbour as you love yourself
Love your neighbour as you love yourself
with the love of God

Teach it to your children through each day
Teach it to your children through each day
Teach it to your children through each day
and your whole life long

Love the Lord our God with all our heart
Love the Lord our God with all our mind
Love the Lord our God with all our strength
and with all our soul
and our whole life long
… as the Kingdom comes

David MacGregor
© 2009  Willow Publishing
Inspired by Deuteronomy 6:4-9; Mark 12:29-33
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