Gladly Will I Come

from by Jerry Paladino

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While working on an audio project of quotes, stories and songs on the subject of Heaven, the afterlife, and death (the door through which we all must pass to reach that Better World), I stumbled upon this poem, which coupled with an inspiring quote from Adoniram Judson puts into words a prayer I've had in the back of my heart for sometime....born from a desire of not wanting to spend my latter years as an invalid or a burden to my loved ones. Of course the prayer will be answered as He sees fit, but at least I can ask...!


Lord, when Thou seest that my work is done,
Let me not linger on with failing powers…
A useless worker in a world of work
Who must to sit idly by, and pass the hours

But with a word just bid me home,
And I will come, to You I’ll run;
Just like a schoolboy bounding home
when school is done,
I’ll gladly come

And, Lord, when it’s time to go where time’s no more,
When every breath’s a chore,
Then let me leave here.
When there’s no strength in me to sing your praise
And nothing left each day we can achieve here

And Lord, til that day You want me there with You,
Help me to wisely use each day you give me
And help my candle burn from both ends bright;
Teach me to live my life for love completely.


from I'll Meet You Over There, released August 2, 2011
music and lyrics by Jerry Paladino--inspired from a poem by John Oxenham, and a quote from Adoniram Judson, the first missionary to Burma;



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