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THE OPEN DOOR, by            
First Line: Tread softly through the open door
Last Line: We leave no vacant chair.
Subject(s): Guests; Presence; Visiting


Tread softly through the open door,
Be quiet on the stair;
His gentle presence lingers yet,
There is no vacant chair.

In the master's room we see his form,
The smile upon his face,
And clasp again the loving hand
Of that dear old man of grace.

We catch once more the welcoming
In clear cut eyes of blue
And feel the blessing heaven-sent,
He had for me and you.

His room it is a holy place
That brings the reverent tears;
The memories it holds will last
Through all the coming years.

May we, dear Father, fill our lives
With deeds like his and prayer
That passing through the open door
We leave no vacant chair.





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