I see a face of a man named Saul,
Striding past the Temple hall
Intent on bringing hurt and shame
To all who follow Jesus name.
Face ablaze with righteous zeal -
In God's name, he'll bring them to heel.
But the bitterness breaks
When love flows thru
Reaching out His hand to you
Takes the strain, feels the pain inside
Dries the tears I cannot hide
The war is done, no need to fight
Wounds now healed,
It's no longer night.
New dawn of love breaks through complete
Brings you safely to his feet.
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(Last time) His love for you makes bitter sweet.
I see a face all lined and gray,
Regret for all that's passed away.
Family close by - never seen.
Knots inside, bind her dreams
Years of toil she gave them all
Sacrificed, still they don't call.
I see a face hold back the tears,
Her man has changed thru later years
No longer loved but life sapped dry.
He doesn't care, I don't know why.
But now she pushes all away,
Enough to cope, to live each day.
I see a face confident and sure.
He doesn't need faith at his door.
He's in control. He knows life's game
Yet holds inside his secret shame.
Lash out loud ! Let others burn !
Protect yourself at every turn.
I see a face feeling agony,
Hanging crudely from a tree.
Tormentors raising ridicule
Calling, "King of Jews !", "You fool !"
His powerful claim, His victory,
The centerpoint of history.
As love-lined face pales and dies,
"Forgive them Father God !", he cries
Chorus...But the bitternes breaks.....
His love for you makes bitter sweet.
Don Stott, Eliab.com