Thief

The night came as a thief
And stole the heart inside
Left it hollow and alone
Before the drifting tide
The tramp of boot echoed
Through the quiet night
Saying to all who heard
I am here for your pride

No more will you know peace
Or solitude and joy
No more will you find happiness
As if you were a little boy
All that you had
Is now gone and in my hand
All that you treasured
Will be blackened like the land

Cages to hold you tight
Fences like a pen
Walls that surround you
Echo the silence within
Pacing like an animal
Whose freedom has been lost
Feral minds have come undone
At such an awful cost

Sleep is haunted again
By history and tears
Fear creeps up slowly
Then screams in your ears
Like a deer in the headlight
You stand and stare in awe
As the final wave
Obliterates everything you saw

Who will calm your fears
Who will say you are loved
Who will find the way
To save you from this death
Tragedy seems so close
When you are buried here within
Yet the light of freedom
Can be seen from miles away

Will we avert disaster
Or succumb to its disease
Bring freedom to the lost
Or ourselves to our knees
Now is the time for action
Now is the time to pray
Now is the time to speak up
And say Jesus is the way

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