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Stranger, Standing at My Door

Stranger, standing at my door,
you disturb me in the night:
you have needs I can't ignore,
you have eyes that speak your plight.

Do I know you, nameless face,
battered woman, detainee,
hungry youth or sickness case,
jobless parent, refugee--

Do I know you, nameless face?

You are strange in speech and dress,
you have children at your side,
you are not like one of us--
you have begged away your pride.

If you passed across my screen
I might switch you out of sight,
worlds away you might have been,
yet you stand here in the night.

Do I know you, nameless face?

I am fearful of your claim,
yet I cannot turn away.
Stranger with the foreign name,
are you angel come to stay?

You are messenger and guest,
you the Christ I can't ignore,
you my own compassion's test,
stranger, standing at my door.

You, the Christ I can't ignore.

Shirley Erena Murray
Words © 1997 Hope Publishing Company

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Product Code: 8189, 8388

Collections: Faith Makes The Song - Murray|Touch the Earth Lightly - Murray

Scriptural Reference: Matthew 25:31-40; Luke 10:25-37

Theme: Compassion, Justice & Peace, Mercy, Refugees, Suffering

Author(s): Murray, Shirley Erena (More Hymns | Biography)

Suggested Hymn Tune: STRANGER - Marshall, Jane (More Hymns | Biography)

Poetic Meter: 7.7.7.7.D.

Date Uploaded: Wed Oct 5 15:32:57 2005

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