Saturday, March 29, 2008

East To West



I thought I'd participate in this meme since music and singing are such a huge part of who I am. This song by Casting Crowns..."East to West"...is one of my new favorites. I love that God takes my sin and failures and cast them out of his sight. I mess up every day, but thankfully God doesn't leave me in that pit. I realize every day that I'm this close to messing up again...just yesterday, I struggled with my thoughts and had to just give it to God. I called a friend and she prayed for me and with God's help, I rose above those thoughts. Read these words. Know they're true. See if they resonate somewhere deep inside of you!
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 sins 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

Chorus:
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

[Chorus]

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 your holding on to me
Your 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
(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 (times 2)

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12 comments:

Susan said...

Wow, I love this song. Did you have trouble trying to get the video loaded?

I still have someone help me each week, (can't figure it out!)

I loved this song from the very first time I heard it.

Blessings♥

Shari said...

These words jumped out at me - "I can't live by what I feel. But by the truth your word reveals." I have been hearing a lot this past year about getting into the Word. Christian books, Christian shows, and Christian music are wonderful and beneficial - but they don't replace reading His Word.

Angela @ Refresh My Soul Blog said...

I LOVE this song a lot too. It is amazing how God removes our sin so far.
Blessings,
Angela

Ceci said...

This song always makes me think of "Nothing is Beyond You" by Rich Mullins, based on Psalm 139. I can't remember exactly the reference, but I know that the "East is from the west" reference is from a bible verse as well.

Thanks for sharing!

Melanie said...

What a wonderful song with such a great promise to us all of the Lord's forgiving power.

kmom3 said...

I love, love, LOVE this song! So glad you posted the lyrics today!
Thanks!!!

Stephanie said...

This song is one of my favorites and I am grateful for that message about my sins, too!

mindi said...

GREAT song!!

Angie said...

Hi Ginger! I love that song too. You'll get a kick out of this... my 4 year old (Emma) was really into singing that around Thanksgiving and like most people do with one song or another, goofed up the lyrics. She kept singing, "Jesus show me just how faaaaar the feast is from the mess..." It cracked me up every time! She still sings it that way because I can't bear to correct her.

Kelley at Aroma of Joy said...

Isn't Casting Crowns great? The message of this song is so powerful, I love it! God is so faithful to forgive.....

Kelley

Oh, and I really like your name too! Ginger isn't one you hear too often and I think it is beautiful!!

~Kell~ said...

This is one of my new favorites too. I'm in your corner, my friend!! Love you much!!

Scrapping Servant said...

I don't want to end up where He found me either I want so much to be changed, thank you for sharing this song.