Behind the Door

from by Allan Douglas

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A weary fragile life; struggle, sacrifice
Desperate toiled days, and restless distant nights
Bread turns into rock, my pillow’s often stone
How I long to see, to depart for home

We blandly try to smile in this eleventh-hour dusk
The pillars hold us up and press on we must
I can’t see the sky but the river’s now in sight
This final grace of God calls joy into my life

A fallen man, a vapor’s span
But I wait for something more
One face in crowds, from lost to found
So here I stand behind the door

With the sojourn o’er, the pilgrim finds his rest
The river’s tide comes in; I welcome my last test
In the blinking of an eye, just beyond the door
The worship and the peace, my tempted toil is o’er


New beating of a heart, sweet presence of a dove
I look upon the face of mercy, grace and truth and love


And if I die before I fall asleep
Please cradle my poor soul and send pure joy and peace
And if I die before I learn to breathe
Please give me strength, something true to believe
And if I die before I learn to speak
Please whisper words of innocence upon their rosy cheek
And if I die before I learn to see
Please send me yellowed photographs of all that I would never be
And if I die before I’m ever born
Please love me long past that cold February morn
And if I die before the battle’s done
Please find grace in Your sight ‘til all is overcome
And if I die before my life is through
Please let me spend all my precious time with you


from Into the Heart of the Sea, released January 20, 2012
Melissa Mattey – ambience



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