Just as a Mother Sings

Music by Ron Klusmeier
Words by Shirley Erena Murray
Tune Name: SCHOMMER

Lyrics as Poetry

Just as a mother sings her baby to sleep,
just as a father hugs his child,
just as compassion gathers all to her wing:
so is the love of God to me,
so is the love of God to me.Just as a friend will listen when we are low,
just as a neighbour lifts our load,
just as the sun will turn the face of the flower:
so is the love of God to me,
so is the love of God to me.Strong as the beat that keeps the rhythm of life,
clear as the song creation sings,
true as the word that we are never alone:
so is the love of God to me,
so is the love of God to me.


Words by
Shirley Erena MurrayCopyright © 2005 by Hope Publishing Company
Carol Stream, Illinois • USA

Comments About Song

Comment by
SHIRLEY ERENA MURRAY
from her book
“Touch the Earth Lightly” (#24):

“Created from the gift of a tune sent to me by Jillian Bray. The tune was named for Jillian’s great-grandmother, and daughter of a chief on Niue, a tiny Pacific island. The feeling of the tune made me think of the gentleness of those people and the intimacy of love shared within family and friends.”

NOTE FROM RON: Jillian, a New Zealander who died in 2018, was a very close friend of Shirley’s. They collaborated on many hymns and songs. While visiting Shirley and John Murray in 2014, I was privileged to meet Jillian who came to visit Christina and me in Shirley & John’s home one afternoon. I was moved by her gentle manner, caring spirit, deep faith, and her extraordinary skills in music and composition.


Touch the Earth Lightly
is published by:Hope Publishing Company
Carol Stream, IL USA

                                                    Audio Sample for "Just as a Mother Sings"

Verse 1 & first half of Verse 3
sung by David Moddle

Scripture References

  • Psalm 131:2
  • 1 John 4:7-8

Season, Theme
or Subject

  • Children∶ music about
  • Children∶ music for
  • Compassion
  • Constant, Unchanging
  • Faith
  • Father, Fathering
  • Friend, Friendship
  • God∶ love of
  • God∶ nature of
  • Hope
  • Human Relationships
  • Life∶ rhythm of life
  • Mother, Mothering
  • Neighbour
  • Relationships∶ relationships with others
  • Relationships∶ relationship with God
  • Trust
  • Truth
  • Word

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