A Time to Refrain

Here’s a new song I wrote last night, about our collective “sheltering in place.”
Debuted it this morning on “Coffee on the Porch,” and spent later afternoon recording a better version.
Hope you enjoy it….feel free to share.

A TIME TO REFRAIN

Sheltered in our home
Dread outside our door
We move through this alone
And we wonder what it’s for

A thousand voices speak
And echo in our ear
Those talking heads, they shriek
And fill us with their fear

But there’s a time to embrace
And a time to refrain
There’s the loneliest space
That always knows your name

But there are hands still reaching out
And a voice still calling you
There’s faith inside your doubt
And hope…to pull…you through

So we’re zoomin’ with our friends
It’s all that we can do
Though we need a little skin
Spirit pulls us through

So we’re wavin’ at their face
And wonderin’ where and when
We can fall in their embrace
And just hold on until then.

But there’s a time to embrace
And a time to refrain
There’s the loneliest space
That always knows your name

But there are hands still reaching out
And a voice still calling you
There’s faith inside your doubt
And hope…to pull…you through.

Words and Music @ Eric Folkerth.

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Eric Folkerth is a minister, musician, author and blogger. He is Senior Pastor of Kessler Park UMC United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas. Previously, he was pastor at Northaven UMC in Dallas for seventeen years. Eric loves to write on topics of spirituality, social justice, music/art and politics. The entries on this blog reflect that diversity of interests. His passion for social justice goes beyond mere words. He’s been arrested at the White House, defending immigrants and “The Dreamers,” and he’s officiated at same sex weddings in his churches, in defiance of what some believe is Methodist teaching. Eric is an avid blogger and published author, and 2017 recipient of the prestigeous Kuchling Humanitarian Award from Dallas’ Black Tie Dinner. (Human Rights Campaign) Eric has led or co-led hundreds of persons on mission trips around the globe, to places such as Mexico, Haiti, Russia, and Nepal. He has worked with lay persons to build ten homes, and one Community Center, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Dallas. He’s a popular preacher, and often tackles challenging issues of social justice in his writings and sermons. His wife, Judge Dennise Garcia, is a State District Judge for Dallas, County. As judge of the 303rd Family District Court, she consistently gets high ratings from area lawyers, and was named “best judge” by The Dallas Observer. First elected in 2004, she was the first Latina ever elected to a county-wide bench in Dallas County, and is currently the longest service district judge in that district. She was re-elected for a fourth term in 2018. They have the world’s best daughter, Maria, and an incredible dog, Daisy. Find links to Eric’s music-related websites, at the top of this site’s navigation menu.

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