Music this week helped me fill my mind with truth about longing, hope, and despair. It helped me to move beyond the lies to truth and helped me make truth part of my daily routine.
I'm writing a series on hope and advent for my church and to help my study I've been creating and listening to a playlist of music about the things that people hope for and it has been very helpful to fill my mind with good music about real longing. I was surprised to find so many singer-songwriters dealing with what I deal with.
I may post my playlist at a later date, but one album that deals with the longing, heaven, disappointment, and hope is "The Far Country" by Andrew Peterson. He is an independent singer-songerwriter that I have loved since middle school. It was encouraging for me to hear someone sing about my doubts, my fears, and stubborn faith.
"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 deadLike steel-wrought graveyards where the wicked never rest
To the high and lonely mountain in the groaning wildernessWe ache for what is lost
As we wait for the holy GodOf Father Abraham
I was made to go thereOut of this far country
To my home, to my home"
The Far Country, Andrew Peterson