Song for the day, Words Fall In

To listen to the song, click on the title just below (in green).

Words Fall In

Like yesterday’s song, this one comes from a quote, one that i heard in January while at Laity Lodge in Texas. The passage came from Parker Palmer, a writer i’d never heard of before: ‘As we are, our hearts are closed, and we cannot place the holy words in our hearts. So we place them on top of our hearts and there they stay until, one day, the heart breaks and the words fall in.’
What a poignant and hopeful thought …
In May, in anticipation of some graduation events where i’d be doing music, i wrote this song. … While i address the lyrics to parents, I like to think that it might fit for anyone in a teaching or mentoring role, or on an even broader scale, for anyone whose attempt to care for, love, encourage, or counsel another seems to be falling on deaf ears or a hard heart.
Special thanks to Heidi Player and Leigh McLeroy.

The Words Fall In

Tell your children that you love them
Give them words of hope and truth
Give them reason to be kind and to believe
If they seem now not to listen
Simply charge it to their youth
And pray someday they’ll finally receive

Tell them once, tell them twice
Show them time and time again
Someday their hearts just might break open
And the words will all fall in

Teach them honor, teach them duty
Teach them work and teach them play
Teach them kindness that finds daily ways to give
Teach them wonder, teach them beauty
by the things you do and say
Teach them Jesus, and the love He came to live

Tell them once, tell them twice
Show them time and time again
Someday their hearts just might break open
And the words will all fall in

Like a flower, through the winter, hidden deep, so deep beneath the snow
Till the day that the warmth will enter, and the blossom starts to grow

Tell them once, tell them twice
Show them time and time again
Someday their hearts just might break open
And the words will all fall in
The words fall in
The Word falls in