This song was used as the music for Psalm 77. February 27th 1982 was when we lived in Missouri City on Quail Run Drive. This was a Saturday. It was during the time I was writing New Technologies in Exploration Geophysics, mostly at the house, on a remote terminal to the DEC (Digital Equipment Computer) at the Allied Geophysical Laboratory at the University of Houston, in Houston, Texas. Seems I have always attempted to take on too much work. So, when Roice, who would have been 7 years old, was sad and said he wanted to run away and go someplace else to stay, it touched my heart enough to take the time to write a song – mostly to tell myself I needed to spend more time with him, with Marti, and with God. Spending more time has always translated as more love, at least in my mind. “All he needs is a little time, All he needs is love, All he needs is to know that I care, All he needs is love.” Because I was involved in writing a book, and working long hours on demanding projects, Marti did most of the raising of our kids. “Without much help from me it’s no wonder she’s beat.” And of course, I am always so far behind, always finding a thousand new jobs I think I need to do, always getting in binds, always needing friends so kind to help me out, and always calling on God.” Isn’t it amazing how a statement of loneliness by a child one loves can help us reflect on and contemplate how well we are doing? Or not!
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