The Far Country

As often happens while washing dishes, I found myself listening to a song that struck me with force and message. This time, I realized it was expressing the under-current I felt while writing my last post. So here it is:

The Far Country – Andrew Peterson

Father Abraham
Do you remember when
You were called to a land and you didn’t know the way
‘Cause we are wandering
In a foreign land
We are children of the promise of the faith
And I long to find it
Can you feel it, too?
That the sun that’s shining
Is a shadow of the truth

This is the far country, a far country
Not my home

In the dark of the night
I can feel the shadows all around me
Cold shadows in the corners of my heart

But the heart of the fight
Is not in the flesh but in the spirit
And the spirit’s got me shaking in the dark

And I long to go there
I can feel the truth
I can hear the promise
Of the angels of the moon

This is the far country, a far country
Not my home

I can see in the strip malls and the phone calls
The flaming swords of Eden
In the fast cash and the news flash
And the horn blast of war
In the sin-fraught cities of the dying and the dead
Like steel-wrought graveyards where the wicked never rest
To the high and lonely mountain in the groaning wilderness
We ache for what is lost
As we wait for the holy God
Of Father Abraham

I was made to go there
Out of this far country
To my home, to my home

I can’t do it justice, but that expresses what I was thinking. We ask the wrong question and seek the wrong goal, oh so often. God is calling us home, while we’re building the mansion here, buying into the system the world has taught us. Oh, to be home!

They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance. And they admitted that they were aliens and strangers on earth. People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own. If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return. Instead, they were longing for a better country–a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.

Hebrews 11:13-16 (NIV)

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About George

I'm interested in theology, languages, translation and various sorts of fermentation.
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