Brendon Walmsley
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Hope Below An Open Sky

Posted on 19-05-2014

With drought now affecting 80% of Queensland, many rural families are struggling to make ends meet. The speed and impact of this drought has caught many people off guard, and financial burdens are unfortunately just the beginning. The social and emotional consequences can be and have been tragic. Many charities have been established to help support these families, including the Lifeline Drought Appeal which was the recipient of proceeds from this year's Toowoomba Mayoral Prayer Breakfast.

Country Singer Brendon Walmsley was invited to sing at the breakfast event for which he composed a new song "Below An Open Sky".

The song takes the form of a prayer and is written with the determination to trust what is not seen when all around seems lost. "We all need hope to hold on to during these desperate times," Brendon said. "This song is about looking up to find that assurance."


BELOW AN OPEN SKY

I know that You can see me, not a cloud is found between
The ground beneath my feet and up above
This season's got me beaten, the drought has been too tough
There's nothing left I think I've had enough
Afraid to sleep, in debt so deep, weighing heavy on my chest
Lay me down in fields of green where I can find my rest

There is hope below an open sky, strength to give it one more try
Leaning in when dreams run dry - there's hope
Though rain could fill a river wide, whatever weather you decide
Whenever You are by my side - I know
There is hope below an open sky

I know that You can hear me, not a sound around is heard
No early storm bird warning on the way
But You listen to my whisper, You hang on every word
Each morning when I come out here to pray
The hot wind blows, and nothing grows, I'm left kneeling in the dust
Lead me by a quiet stream, Lord in You I put my trust

There is hope below an open sky, strength to give it one more try
Leaning in when dreams run dry - there's hope
Though rain could fill a river wide, whatever weather you decide
Whenever You are by my side - I know
There is hope below an open sky

I believe Your blessings flow for those who seek Your mercy
You lift us up, You fill our cup when we are weak and thirsty
And Lord I'm thirsty

There is hope below an open sky, strength to give it one more try
Leaning in when dreams run dry - there's hope
Though rain could fill a river wide, whatever weather you decide
Whenever You are by my side - I know
There is hope below an open sky