He’d built sturdy walls all around him
To keep his pain buried inside.
A place where no one could hurt him,

A comfortable place to hide.
Sometimes though, it felt cold and dreary,
Hiding alone in this place,
And too many cruel rejections

Had not helped some fears to erase.
Would ever there be a someone

With whom he’d feel very secure?
To trust was not something he did well
Could he learn to trust and be sure?
What if he would just have the courage
To let down his guard come what may?

If he, fueled by hope, took the first step

Would some of his pain go away?

Then one day a total stranger,

A gift from heaven indeed,

Showing acceptance, encouragement,

Meeting him just at his need,
Listening with care and compassion,
Walked quietly into his life.
No judgment, just affirmation
To help solve the turmoil and inner strife.

Christ's love, through the heart of a new friend,
Changed him! With joy he can say,

"The fullness of God's Holy Spirit
Melted my walls all away!"

Karin Ristau


Betsy from Tennessee said...

We all keep those walls up sometimes don't we, Karin???? IF everyone knew the love to Jesus --then those walls would come down!!!

Joy in the Burbs... said...

He stands at the door and knocks. I'm praying walls will come down in the hearts of Americans and open themselves up to the transforming power of Jesus Christ.
Beautiful words.