When death comes knocking at my door
And says "It's time to go"
"It's time to leave this fleeting life
and all the things you know"

Then horror grips my saddened mind
And faith's put to the test
Do I believe that God is Love
And that His will is best?

But Lord, I'm only sixty years
Must I leave all I love
My wife, my work, my home, my friends
And live with you above?

How can I leave my precious wife
Companion of my heart?
How can we bear to separate
And live in worlds apart?

How can I bear her loneliness
As she grows old and grey
I want to be there at her side
Her faithful love repay

How can I leave my work undone
The lives that I might win
To teach of Him whose death can give
Eternal life within?

How can I leave my precious friends
The mirrors of my soul?
Must I abruptly say "Farewell
My life has reached it's goal"?

Pain squeezed my body in its vice
Death stared me in the face
God seemed so very far away
And darkness took His place

But then my Father showed His love
In this my darkest hour
He sent His angels to my aid
He showed His love and power

His rod and staff they comfort me
Within the valley deep *
My Shepherd never leaves my side
And will His promise keep

So if I stay or if I go
Within His will I rest
He takes me in His arms of love
He knows the way that's best.

* Psalm 23.
Eternity Knocking
Copyright 2006, David Bingham

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