Dad's going to be a magician
Reflection on 25 years of being a "mish-kid"
Dad's going to be a magician Well, I think that was what he said Mind you, I was only four at the time So words may have got slightly confused in my head He's going to stop being a teacher And mum will help drive this new quest They clearly have talents for quite a few things But dad's magic tricks are not the best There was something about this guy Peter Who Jesus called out of his boat Mum and dad read about it around the same time And decided that they should take note So they taught us about this man called Abraham Who walked with no clue as to where he would go They said we should trust God knew what he was doing If we say he knows best, then why would we say no? So we got in a boat after packing a lorry And arrived in a big house with fields all around Our bedroom was massive, so we had fun racing our beds Across the still uncarpetted ground The church that we went to looked different to this, And they all spoke in some weird tongue But I know when they prayed God could still understand Maybe he also moved abroad when he was young Dad wrote more songs and mum kept the show running We learnt a new language, made friends, and we thrived The school days were long but the teachers were kind And they looked out for us from the day we arrived. When we all went on tour we met all sorts of people Who opened their homes in the towns where we stayed We met dancers who hugged us the first time they met us And put lipstick on while they prayed Because of this we grew up reciting scripture, Well we may possibly have been taking the mick Out of that lovely but strong southern accent And the ever so noticeable lisp - Or, Barabas était un bandit - That was silly, but I’m really grateful For those hours we spent hearing what Jesus said It's amazing how useful that turned out to be When those words just pop into your head Through the highs and lows of family holidays Craponne and Mahoina combined The book that got dad in complete fits of giggles And mum's yawning fits remain stuck in my mind It's true, things have not always been easy There've been challenges and fights to choose But the training in thinking through things for ourselves Is something we will forever use So as friends and family we're here today To celebrate with the One who planned it all We're gathered round two faithful servants Who decided to follow His call And where does that decision leave us 25 years down the line? Well, I’m yet to see a fancy magic trick But I'd say we've all turned out just fine!