Story Unfolding

by Bret Welstead

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released January 27, 2013

Bret Welstead – vocals, acoustic guitars, electric guitars, piano, bass guitar, vibraphone, percussion
Mark Hansen – electric guitars, bass guitar, keyboards, Marxophone
Eric Medley – vocals, electric guitars, bass guitar, percussion
Jami Fristo – drums, percussion
Joe Kirby – electric guitars
Crystal Davy - vocals
Martin Downing – bass guitar

All songs recorded by Mark Hansen in Lincoln, NE, and produced by Eric Medley at Eric Medley Music Productions in Charleston, SC.

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Bret Welstead Lincoln, Nebraska

Bret is a songwriter from Lincoln, NE, where he serves as Pastor of Worship & Creative Arts at New Cov. He loves his wife and three kids more than almost anything. His passion is music, and the bane of his existence is writing bio material for his websites. ... more

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Track Name: Author
With Your story unfolding
And my life on the page
There have been twists and turns and moments I've aged
And it's so hard to see
The role I'm to play
As the final chapters draw closer each day

When I'm lost and weary
When there seems no way to go
Will You come near me, that I may know

Author of me, my mind is heavy
I'm on my knees, losing my faith
Give me some hope to take one more step, to turn a new page

The next chapter's uncertain
But the ending is sure
And I'm clinging for life to each whispering word
'Cause each word brings redemption
Each page makes me new
Every moment I'm living brings me closer to You

When I'm lost and weary
When there seems no way to go
Will You draw near me, that I may know

Author of me, my mind is heavy
I'm on my knees, losing my faith
Give me some hope to take one more step, to turn a new page

But then it all seems so simple
It's ringing so true
Most days I know that my story is the story of You

'Cause your blood is the ink
Your death is the pen
May my character flow from the work of Your hand

When I'm lost and weary
When there seems no way to go
Will you come near me, that I may know

Author of me, my mind is heavy
I'm on my knees, losing my faith
Give me some hope to take one more step, to turn a new page
Author of me, my mind is heavy
I'm on my knees, coming undone
Give me some hope to walk in the light, to live in the Sun
Track Name: Old Enough To Know
There's nothing new under the sun
There's nothing that's never been done
So what's the poin, when all is meaningless
Maybe I'll write another song
Maybe I'll smile and just move on
I worry how my boys will, remember me when they're old

Everything in life loses meaning when
I forget to make You the center
Told myself I was just a young soul
But I'm old enough to know

You might as well work for the wind
We never quite fill up our hands
Our days are numbered and we all fall down
And when we fall who picks us up?
And when we drink who fills our cup?
Everything we do now until the end will be known

Everything in life loses meaning when
I forget to make You the center
Told myself I was just a young soul
But I'm old enough to know

One day born and one day I'll die
Keep my mouth shut until it's time
To speak the words that could heal or kill
To tear it down or to help rebuild

To find what's lost or to give up the search
As wars rage on, to cry "peace on Earth"
There's a time to love, a time to hate
To gather stones or to throw them away

Tears fall down but before too long
I'll be laughing, dancing to another song
Do I take her hand or do I refrain?
To keep this love and not waste it away

Everything in life loses meaning when
I forget to make You the center
Told myself I was just a young soul
But I'm old enough to know
Track Name: Psalm 134
Praise the LORD, all you servants of the LORD
Who minister by night in the house of the LORD

Lift up your hands in the sanctuary and praise the LORD

May the LORD, the Maker of Heaven and Earth bless you
Bless you from Zion
Track Name: Running Back to You
Choose any direction, walk a straight line
I've never used a compass, expect I'm doing fine
Stumbled in the gutter 700 times
I'll put my message in the bottle once I've emptied all the wine
But don't take Your eyes off me now because in time

I'll be running back
I'll be running back to You
Where I started from, caught up in the lie
You always knew I'd be running back

Filled up on the empty, it never seems to last
You think I'd know better, but there's safety in the past
I never cut the eye holes so I can't see out my mask
And I'd trade the 700 for a little bit of cash
I should trade my excuses in and before you know

I'll be running back
I'll be running back to You
Where I started from, caught up in the lie
You always knew I'd be running back

So long waiting underneath this atom bomb
Waiting for my weary arms to get too tired
For the blast to arrive
You are waiting for me, never far
Down the road, waiting for my weary heart to rewind
To set this mess aside

I'll be running back
I'll be running back to You
Where I started from, caught up in the lie
You always knew I'd be running back
I'll be running back to You
Where I started from, caught up in the lie
You always knew I'd be running back
Track Name: Where Will You Go
Where will you go
Now that all has changed, now that life is new again?
He said to tell no one
A penny for your thoughts, a dove to die upon the altar

Brother, you were once ashes and dust on the outside
A touch and you're restored, dead no more
Brother, where will you go?

Where will you walk?
Will you hold your head high, scorning their surprise?
Will you burn as they burned you?
Or will you let it go so they might know He touched you?

Brother, you were once ashes and dust on the outside
A touch and you're restored, dead no more
Brother, where will you go?

Where will you go?
Will the lost son be the first one to sing
Of the man who moves mountains?
Brother can you find the faith to move them?
Brother can you find the faith to move them?
Track Name: Skipping Like a Stone
James is skipping like a stone
Laughing at his footsteps that are dancing with their shadows
Pavement: just a point to jump from
Like gravity was nothing but a storybook beginning

That wouldn't see the end
He spends his days in humble circumstance
He learned that life is more or less a dance
No matter what the trials that befall, there's joy in all
That sends him skipping like a stone

James is reaching for the sun
He sees it through his fingers and smiles with understanding
It never changes, sending down its warmth
Making way for beauty ghat shines all around him

He sees it as he spins
It's all a gift right there for him to take
Awake to all that's good and perfect
Life, from birth to death
What more is there but taking it all in
It sends him skipping like a stone

James is standing on the shore
Cradling a pebble made for a single purpose
He sends it bouncing on the water
Watches as the ripples reach the other shore

So it goes
Each life can touch eternity in time
Each light can shine on a hill for all to see
Each step can cross the path of one who needs to be set free
To be skipping like a stone
Track Name: Hope Fulfilled
One day we'll walk on streets of gold
We'll never be alone
The tears we've shed will be no more
No more fear, no more war
The dark will tremble and be gone
The church bells will be silenced
The risen Son of God, our Lord
With us in New Jerusalem

The day is coming soon
The day is coming soon

Provision for the meek
Comfort for the grieving
Rest for those who wrestle
Rescue for the prisoner

One day today will seem so small
The shadow of a whisper
And all we worked so hard to build
Will crumble and we'll watch it fall
The stars will fade, the moon will fall
The mountains leveled to the sea
We'll let it go and feel no fear
We'll know it never mattered

The day is coming soon
The day is coming soon

Provision for the meek
Comfort for the grieving
Rest for those who wrestle
Rescue for the prisoner
Answers for the seeker
Water for the thirsty
Mercy for the broken
Hope fulfilled
Hope fulfilled
Hope fulfilled

And every voice will be found out
And every son and daughter
Will sing to Him Who holds us all
Who was and is forever
Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty
Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty