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"This Is The Prayer That I Pray"

Words and Music by Lawrence Keith Holder
Copyright © 1999 Lawrence Keith Holder
MIDI Sequence (P) 1999 Lawrence Keith Holder

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Larry's Songs of Praise and Worship.

[MIDI File] [Sheet Music PLUS Piano Score]
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This song was written especially for Nelly Andarawis on the occassion of her brother's wedding. Nelly was searching the web for a suitable song, and I offered to write one especially for her to sing at the wedding. It is a rare privilege to be able to share in joy of new beginnings in this way.

This Is The Prayer That I Pray
Words and Music by Lawrence Keith Holder
Copyright © 1999 Lawrence Keith Holder

(First verse)
Has the time really gone by so quickly? 
Seems in no time at all we have grown. 
You have always been there as my brother, 
With the care and the kindness you've shown. 
Now today, you step out toward the future 
With the gift of the Lord by your side, 
With the blessing of all who have gathered 
To rejoice as you stand with your bride. 

May you together
Grow stronger each day in your love, 
Sharing forever 
The grace of our Father above. 
May He shower His blessings upon you, 
As you live for His glory each day. 
May he comfort and guide you, my brother: 
This is the prayer that I pray. 

(2nd verse)
I am glad I can share in this moment, 
As we've shared in so many before. 
Now you've found love that lasts for a lifetime, 
As together you walk through the door. 
I am glad that as onward we travel, 
The road that we share does not end. 
For I am not losing a brother: 
I am gaining a sister and friend! 

(Repeat chorus)

May He comfort and guide you, 
My brother, my sister...
This is the prayer that I pray.