Way down the road There’s a house on a hill It stands proudly and majestically. With its shingles and brick And a wrap around porch It looks so inviting to me. I drive past it often To just take a look, And time after time I have tried To convince myself To work up the nerve To go take a quick peek inside. Finally one day As I drive by the house I turn my car into the drive. Closing my eyes, I draw in a deep breath -The moment has finally arrived. Imagine my shock, My surprise and dismay When I finally open the door To see cobwebs and dirt, Neglect and decay All the way from the ceiling to floor. What disappointment I felt deep down inside At the sight of that dark, unkept house. Peeling paint, chipping tile, Spiders and bugs, And there in the corner, a mouse. With my heart filled with sadness I turn to the door And I take one more last look around. But as I stand there In that big empty house An idea in my head I have found. This house used to be Filled with laughter and love, But the emptiness has turned it cold. It just needs a good cleaning, A new coat of paint - I can see the potential it holds I invest in this house, And I set straight to work, There I spend my free time, night and day. All my friends tell me how I’m just wasting my time, But I don’t listen to what they say. After weeks of hard work, Lots of money and time, My labor of love draws to an end. I am finally ready To open my doors And welcome my family and friends. What was once empty, Dirty and sad, Sitting all dark and alone Is now full of love, Cheer and laughter once more - This house has become a home. Now take a good look At the people you see - The ones that you pass every day. Are they careworn and weary? Does darkness abound? Are their lives filled with dust and decay? Maybe they just Need a little more love, Some of your time and our cheer. And through you they will see The Father’s love, too, And they’ll know that He is ever near. There is never a person Whose darkness and sin Is so deep that they cannot be loved. Patience and time, Service and cheer Can lead them to the Father above.