Friday, July 26, 2013

Farther Along

It's been sorta a sad, lonely feeling week around here.  Yesterday we learned that 3 sets of friends are leaving the country in the next few months. It's like we have to say goodbye before we even really finished saying Hello.   Our home school group is in a state of transition, and we're not really sure what the out come will be, there is some big changes going on with our mission agency and last night I sat for hours talking with another missionary about the dream she had for ministry and how it seems to be dead and how empty she feels...yeah, it's been a sad week.  There are times when all the bad, the sad, the yuck, of this sinful world feels so strong.

And don't get me wrong, change isn't always bad...but it's change.  And with it comes the end of things, the goodbyes and there is a grieving process that needs to happen.  And many times there is confusing and hurt wrapped up in all of that too.  As I hit play on the ipod this morning, this was the first song that came on, and I was thankful.  It did what I needed, to point me back to the Truth, that the story isn't done yet, and to "cheer up my brother, live in the sunshine, we'll understand this all, by and by."

Farther Along
-Josh Garrels

Farther along we’ll know all about it
Farther along we’ll understand why
Cheer up my brothers, live in the sunshine
We’ll understand this, all by and by

Tempted and tried, I wondered why
The good man died, the bad man thrives
And Jesus cries because he loves em’ both
We’re all cast-aways in need of ropes
Hangin’ on by the last threads of our hope
In a house of mirrors full of smoke
Confusing illusions I’ve seen

Where did I go wrong, I sang along
To every chorus of the song
That the devil wrote like a piper at the gates
Leading mice and men down to their fates
But some will courageously escape
The seductive voice with a heart of faith
While walkin’ that line back home

So much more to life than we’ve been told
It’s full of beauty that will unfold
And shine like you struck gold my wayward son
That deadweight burden weighs a ton
Go down into the river and let it run
And wash away all the things you’ve done
Forgiveness alright


Still I get hard pressed on every side
Between the rock and a compromise
Like the truth and pack of lies fightin’ for my soul
And I’ve got no place left go
Cause I got changed by what I’ve been shown
More glory than the world has known
Keeps me ramblin’ on

Skipping like a calf loosed from its stall
I’m free to love once and for all
And even when I fall I’ll get back up
For the joy that overflows my cup
Heaven filled me with more than enough
Broke down my levee and my bluff
Let the flood wash me

And one day when the sky rolls back on us
Some rejoice and the others fuss
Cause every knee must bow and tongue confess
That the son of god is forever blessed
His is the kingdom, we’re the guests
So put your voice up to the test
Sing Lord, come soon

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