I Am Standing Waiting

Music by Ron Klusmeier
Words by Shirley Erena Murray
Tune Name: CONNOR

Lyrics as Poetry

I am standing waiting,
waiting at your door,
one of hunger’s children
from a billion poor,
though you cannot see me,
though I am so small —
listen to my crying,
crying for us all.

I stand at your table
asking to be fed,
holding up my rice bowl,
begging for your bread,
I stand at your schoolroom
longing just to learn,
hoping that you’ll teach me
ways to live and learn.

I stand at your clinic
begging for vaccine,
I stand at your wash place
where the water’s clean,
I stand at your office,
beg the Heads of State,
I am just a child, so
I must hope and wait.

I stand in your churches,
listen to your prayers,
long to know a God who
understands and cares.
If there is a God,
a God who loves the poor,
I’m still standing waiting,
waiting at your door.


Words by
Shirley Erena MurrayCopyright © 1992 by Hope Publishing Company
Carol Stream, Illinois • USA

Comments About Song

Comment by
SHIRLEY ERENA MURRAY
from her book
“Every Day in Your Spirit” (#14):

“Originally written for a public occasion for the UN Summit on the Rights of Children, to the melody of ‘Au Clair de la Lune’.”


Every Day in Your Spirit
is published by:Hope Publishing Company
Carol Stream, IL USA

                                                    Audio Sample for "I Am Standing Waiting"

Verses 1 & 4
sung by David Moddle
with piano accompaniment

Scripture References

  • Matthew 7:7-10
  • Matthew 7:12
  • Matthew 19:13-15
  • Matthew 25:31-45
  • John 21:15-17
  • James 2:14-19

Season, Theme
or Subject

  • Acceptance
  • Adversity
  • Children
  • Church∶ ministry
  • Church∶ outreach
  • Compassion
  • Door, Doors
  • Education
  • Equality
  • Health, Health care
  • Here-and-nowness
  • Homelessness
  • Humanity
  • Hunger
  • Illness
  • Jobless
  • Justice, Human Rights
  • Mercy
  • Mission
  • Neighbour
  • Outreach
  • Perseverance
  • Poverty
  • Refugee
  • Shelter
  • Suffering
  • Unemployment
  • Welcome

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