The Open Door

The mistakes of my life have been many,
But the sins of my heart have been more;
And I scarcely can see for my weeping,
But I’ll knock at the open door.

I know I am sinful and unworthy,
And now I feel it more and more,
But Jesus invites me to come in, come in;
I will enter the open door.

I am lowest of those who would love Him;
I am weakest of those who would pray;
But I come to Him as He has bidden,
And I know He’ll not say me nay.

My mistakes His free grace now will cover,
And my sins He will wash all away;
And the feet that now stumble and falter,
Soon may enter the Gate of Day.

The mistakes of my life have been many,
And my spirit is weary with sin;
Though I scarcely can see for my weeping,
Yet the Savior will let me in.

Urania Locke Bailey

Copied from my grandmother’s hymnal, Hymn Book, Methodist Episcopal Church, South: Nashville, TN, 1901, Hymn #848.

I am the door: by Me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.

John 10:9

I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake, and will not remember your sins.

Isaiah 43:25

For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.

Hebrews 8:12

Note: The hymns in this hymnal are not titled. So when I do not know the hymn, I make up a title or simply use the first line.

Photo taken in Milton, FL, 2021

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