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9/13/09

From One Scarred Hand To The Other

I love contemporary Christian music, but I haven't been listening to it much in the past few years. I'm either listening to the kids' music, silence(which is SO nice!) or a CD. It seems that I only come across this type of music when someone at my church sings it.

Well, this morning was one of those mornings. One of the teens in our church sang this incredibly powerful song for special music. Listen to it - AND read the words. Such a message that too many of us forget.

East to West
By Casting Crowns

Here I am, Lord, and I'm drowning in your sea of forgetfulness
The chains of yesterday surround me
I yearn for peace and rest
I don't want to end up where You found me
And it echoes in my mind, keeps me awake tonight
I know You've cast my sin as far as the east is from the west
And I stand before You now as though I've never sinned
But today I feel like I'm just one mistake away from You leaving me this way

Jesus, can You show me just how far the east is from the west
'cause I can't bear to see the man I've been come rising up in me again
In the arms of Your mercy I find rest
'cause You know just how far the east is from the west
From one scarred hand to the other

I start the day, the war begins, endless reminding of my sin
Time and time again Your truth is drowned out by the storm I'm in
Today I feel like I'm just one mistake away from You leaving me this way

I know You've washed me white, turned my darkness into light
I need Your peace to get me through, to get me through this night
I can't live by what I feel, but by the truth Your word reveals
I'm not holding on to You, but You're holding on to me
You're holding on to me

Jesus, You know just how far the east is from the west
I don't have to see the man I've been come rising up in me again
In the arms of Your mercy I find rest
'cause You know just how far the east is from the west
From one scarred hand to the other
(Just how far the east is from the west, just how far)
One scarred hand to the other
(Lord, Just how far the east is from the west, just how far)
From one scarred hand to the other.
© 2007 Reunion
Praying we can remember just how far away the Lord casts our sins.

3 comments:

  1. I love this song Joanne. In fact I think Casting Crowns is one of the best CC bands out there...their lyrics are thoughful and though provoking. I am glad you got to hear it today :)

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  2. I'm a huge fan of praise and worship music, but the CD player in the van has been on the fritz for months now. I'm too cheap to get it fixed. Thus, I'm reduced to listening on IPOD while out running and on occasional moments when it's quiet in the house. Love Casting Crowns and this song. One of my new favorites is Travis Cottrell's live CD. So many good ones there.

    Have a great week; mine is on the upswing as both kids are now fever free!

    peace~elaine

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  3. Oh how I love this song! The lyrics are so awesome!

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