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Tuesday Tunes: Window To His Love by Julie de Azevedo

STORY Behind the song “Window To His Love”

I was in tears after giving a musical fireside to a youth group one Sunday night about 20 years ago. “Why am I doing this?” I asked myself. Why was I putting myself through the stress of giving up my Sunday nights, leaving my little baby, and singing for people? From my point of view the fireside had been a complete failure, void of the spirit, and not worth the effort for me or for the congregation. “Why am I doing this music thing? What went wrong?” I asked myself and God as I prayed through my tears.

Rarely have my prayers been answered immediately, but this prayer was different. If I’m remembering correctly, it was that very same night an image of a window with the Savior standing behind it flooded my mind and soon after, most of the words poured out on paper through my tears as I plunked the melody out on our little upright piano. This was truly a gift of mercy given to a young wife and mother in her early 20’s who for years had been plagued with insecurities and self-doubt, but also arm with strong desire to do God’s will and to follow Jesus Christ.

Heavenly Father taught me what went wrong at the fireside as he gently showed me that I was in way. I was so worried about myself, how I was doing, sounding, and how I looked, that he couldn’t work with me. He couldn’t use me as an instrument. I needed to get out of the way so he could work through me. The lyrics to “Window To His Love” have become a motto for over 2 decades and the truths in this song were and are my only hope for making a difference in the world. I want to be a window to His love.

LISTEN To “Window To His Love”

Download “Window To His Love” on iTunes

State of the Heart CD (reprise – piano/vocal)
State of the Heart CD (pop version)
Pray For Rain Live Concert CD / EFY
Window to His Love: Intimate Renditions of Inspirational Favorites CD

LYRICS

Window to His Love (Reprise)

From the album State of the Heart
Words & Music: Julie de Azevedo
© 1992 Mohrgud Music (BMI)

I want to be a window to His love
So when you look at me you will see Him
I want to be so pure and clear
That you won’t even know I’m here
‘Cause His love will shine brightly through me

I want to be a doorway to the truth
So when you walk beyond you will find Him
I want to stand so straight and tall
That you won’t notice me at all
But through my open door He will be seen

Chorus
A window to His love
A doorway to the truth
A bearer of the message
He’d have me bring to you
And with each passing day
I want to fade away
‘Til only He can be seen
And I become a window to His love

I want to be a window to His love
So you can look through me and you’ll see Him
And someday shining through the glass
You’ll see His loving countenance
‘Cause I will have become like He is

Chorus
A doorway to the truth
A bearer of the message
He’d have me bring to you
And with each passing year
I want to disappear
‘Til He’s become everything
And I’ve become a window to His love

FUN FACTS ABOUT “Window To His Love”

  • The only hate mail I ever received was about this song.
  • I’ve recorded this song more times than any other song I’ve written.
  • This song is the most recorded songs that I’ve written, recorded numerous times by many other artists.
  • The words original words “And someday shining through my face” were recorded on the first recording were changed to “And someday shining through the glass you’ll see His loving countenance.”
  • The first recording of Window to His Love appeared on the CD “Charity Never Faileth.”
  • It’s been recorded in many different languages.
  • This is the most widely performed song I’ve written (probably because it’s one of the few “chapel appropriate” songs in my collection).
  • People who know this song usually don’t know who wrote it (and I love it).
  • When I polled my Julie de Azevedo Facebook friends which song introduced them to my music “Window To His Love” had the most votes by a long shot.
  • Google search turns up about 45 pages when you search the song title. Try it.
  • There are several YouTube videos/slideshows about the song (none of which I was involved in)
  • The little baby crawling around when I wrote this song is now serving a full-time LDS mission in England and is listening to the CD “Window To His Love” and sharing it with converts and companions.
  • I continued to be overwhelmed and humbled when I perform this song and the majority of the audience can sing a long on the chorus. It still blows me away after 20 + years that a little song that came through a desperate twenty-something has reached so many people. God is good.

Has “Window To His Love” has touched your life in some way? Have you sung it for a special occasion? Did you hear it at a particularly difficult time? I’d love to have your share your experience by commenting below.

About Dr. Julie Hanks, LCSW:
Dynamic self & relationship expert Dr. Julie de Azevedo Hanks, LCSW loves to make a difference for women. She owns Wasatch Family Therapy and regularly contributes to TV Shows and her advice has been featured nationally including Wall Street Journal, Parenting, Fox News, and others. Connect on Instagram, Facebook & Twitter. Her books The Burnout Cure and The Assertiveness Guide are now available. Dr. Hanks is currently accepting coaching clients.

Comments

Veronica

I love this song! I can’t even count the number of times I have performed it for different occasions, but I always feel the strongest influence of the Spirit when singing it for the Young Women. Thank you for this inspired song and for the countless others you have so beautifully written and performed.

Mara

Thanks for sharing the story behind the song. I loved this song the first time I heard my sister in law sing it in a group. Love the words and the inspiration behind the song. You have put together amazing songs. Songs like this help me to remember who I am and who I want to be like. Our Savior was such a great example to all of us and I admire and Love him so much. Thanks again!

Maya

This song is a lifesavor! When my life was shattered in peaces this was one of the songs that helped me to get back to life. I always wanted to be a “bearer of the message”,everything the song is about, but at the moment it seemed quite impossible, but this song helped me to find a way out. For me this song is a manifestation of what I really am, what I really want to do… but my hands are often too short.

Rose

I first remember hearing it when you sung it at your father-in-law’s (who was my mission president) funeral. I know it’s about Christ but I remember President hanks every time I hear it now.

Kerstin @ TheRealHousewivesofIdaho.blogspot.com

I just googled the lyrics and found your blog! I am definitely going to share this in an upcoming post. Beautiful song and beautiful story. XOXO, Kerstin

Julie Hanks, LCSW

Kerstin-Thanks for posting! Yes, feel free to share this song…and welcome to my blog 🙂

Julie

What a sweet experience to have my father-in-law request that I sing at his funeral. I will never forget that day.

Kelly

Hi Julie,
The first time I heard this song was on a CD that a friend had sent to me. Having been inactive for over 23 years, It didn’t occur to me that there was such a thing as an LDS recording artist. This song immediately touched my heart and started me on a journey that changed my life. I’ve had intense struggles to return to a faith that I spent years running away from. Your song was a gift of truth and peace. This has been my favorite song and will remain so. Thanks for sharing. You are a window to his love.

Kelly

Lana

I too, like Kelly, had been inactive when I heard this song for the first time. It gave me the chills. And it was a very large part in my becoming active again. I have performed this song many times and it is my favorite by far. I find myself singing it in the car and in my head a lot. Thank you for such a beautiful talent! I love the “creaminess” of your voice! So real!

Shawn

I have loved this song from the very first time I had heard it. I actually was introduced to it in the Portuguese rendition on my mission to Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. I was given a copy of a cd from another missionary. I have since lost that cd and have been searching for the version for a while. The song gave me so much strength and sense of purpose through my mission. It reminded me of the purpose and desire I had from the very beginning to not only teach mundane principles but be the window for the children of God to receive His message. Please let me know how I may find the Portuguese version.
Thank you so much

Joanna

Julie,

It is with very special feeling that I thank you for sharing your sweetest talents. Your voice is so inspiring to listen to. Your words have touched me in ways that I cannot explain. I struggle with depression, and anxiety. There is so much to share with you. You appear to be an ideal person whom I could trust to talk to talk with.

Blessings to you,
Peace,
Joanna

Kris Edwards

Back in October of 2002, my children sang this song at the funeral of their 18 year old sister Tracy, who died in a car crash 7 weeks after leaving home for college at BYU-Idaho. This song is so descriptive of the way Tracy lived. Nearly 10 years later, I still have a hard time listening to this song because of the emotions it brings back from the day of Tracy’s funeral but it is a song that brings joy into my heart because I know my beautiful daughter lived her life in such a way that she is with our Father and Elder Brother, waiting for the rest of her family and watching over us.

Kris Edwards

Back in October of 2002, my children sang this song at the funeral of their 18 year old sister Tracy, who died in a car crash 7 weeks after leaving home for college at BYU-Idaho. This song is so descriptive of the way Tracy lived. Nearly 10 years later, I still have a hard time listening to this song because of the emotions it brings back from the day of Tracy’s funeral but it is a song that brings joy into my heart because I know my beautiful daughter lived her life in such a way that she is with our Father and Elder Brother, waiting for the rest of her family and watching over us. Thank you for sharing your talent is such a way–this song has helped me to be a stronger person, like my daughter.

Iwa

Back in the 90’s my sister got the Charity Never Faileth piano book on one of our family trips to Utah. The 1st time she ever played this song, i remember being overwhelmed with the thoughts that this song portrayed exactly everything I couldnt put into words about my own life and my relationship with Jesus Christ!. We (friends and I) sang this song at several Missionary Farewells in the late 90’s at BYU-Hawaii. My siblings and I also sang this song for musical firesides over the past 20 years! Several months this year as i go visiting teaching, Im so tempted to just sing this song when giving the message, because ever time i read the message about the divine mission of Christ, this song always pops into my head. I have yet to do it… but i still have 4 more months! LOL! This song is timeless and has got me through some really rough days in my life! Thank you for sharing your talents with so many!

Patti Stewart

I love this song! I am an adult convert and when I was called as YW’s presidency I decided that I was going to try and inspire the YW to complete their YW personal progress by doing it myself–one of my projects was to learn to sing this song as a duet with my husband and then preform it for sacrament. I loved it–the girls loved it–the problem was I could never get to the end without getting all emotional and my poor husband he always ended up performing a solo by the end– I still sing this song today and still have that same emotional reaction–I believe it is the most inspiring piece of music I have ever performed!!

Connie Stott

I first sang this song at my daughters funeral and then again when my son came home from his mission. Since then I’ve sung it at single events, while I was single, now I perform it in sacrament meetings!! I love the sweet spirit that comes with this wonderful song! Thank you for writing it!!

Jen

The first time I heard this song I was in college, so about 15 or 16 years ago. It was sung at a fireside by girl in a wheelchair with many handicaps. I know God speaks through many people but I really feel His love shine through them. When she sang this for a couple of thousand young adults, there was hardly a dry eye in the room. It spoke volumes to me about Heavenly love shining through these beautiful souls! I am a voice teacher and recently started teaching a girl with several major special needs. She loves to sing and when I had her sing this song, again, no dry eyes. Thank you for writing it!

Maggie

Just out of curiosity, do you have any recordings of men singing this song? I confess to some cynicism – I wonder whether men are expected to fade away so that you don’t know they’re there at all – whether they, too, are expected to ‘get out of the way’ so that they can be the vessel for goodness rather than simply doing good in the Lord’s name. I think it might be instructive for me to hear this song sung by a man.

Shauna Whipple

This song has changed my life, I was inspired to turn on the radio one late night, and it was on the radio. The song connected me to my son who passed away and the message that I received after hearing it let me know that he is surrounded by such and incredible love, and that gave me so much comfort and peace. It also has inspired me to right songs to help others feel that same love of comfort and peace that I felt.

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