Urban Voices

A place for emerging urban Christian poets to be heard

April 20, 2007

Rebuild the Ancient Ruins

by Douglas C. Eltzroth
© 2004

The Voice from Calvaryís mountain still echoes through this town
Hear the Son of God repeating prophecies
He talks of miracles and wonders the blind and lame through Him have found
Yet he speaks of those doing miracles greater than these

They will rebuild the ancient ruins in My name
They will restore the broken city for My sake
They have known this devastation
For too many generations
Yet now rebuild the ancient ruins in My name

There are bricks and there is mortar that have crumbled to the ground
Itís a sign that a mighty, mighty trouble has caused this decay
Thereís been injustice, thereís been oppression
Thereís been some fear, thereís been some hate
But thereís a people liviní out a miracle through their faith

As they will rebuild the ancient ruins in My name
As they will restore the broken city for My sake
They have known this devastation
For too many generations
They now rebuild the ancient ruins in My name

Through the cracks in the broken concrete
A blade of grass has grown
Let it remind you that Godís salvation is close at hand
It comes from the Root and the Seed of Jesse that can sprout in the desert sand

Calling men of every color
Calling women of every shade
Calling people of the Kingdom to rebuild this placeÖ

Let us rebuild the ancient ruins in Godís name
Let us restore the broken city for Godís sake
We have known this devastation
For too many generations
Let us rebuild the ancient ruins in Godís name

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About this week's author:

Douglas C. Eltzroth is a songwriter, singer, and storyteller dedicated to the worship of God and the encouragement of His followers. Doug and his wife, Cynthia A. Newland, and their three children personally minister internationally with a number of different groups. Doug and Cynthia are also co-founders and directors of Collage: A Collection of arts and artists.

You can listen to "Rebuild the Ancient Ruins" on Doug's website: www.collage.org/rebuild.htm. If you want to hear other songs he's working on, go to the Collage home page and follow the links...

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