Friday, July 8, 2011

Beyond the Blue

Every so often, you find an artist whose work resonates with heartstrings you didn't know you had. This summer, Josh Garrels has been such an artist for me, and I've been challenged and encouraged by his wise and warm music. In "Beyond the Blue," Garrels observes that

A man is weak, but the spirit yearns
To keep on course from the bow to the stearn
And throw overboard every selfish concern
That tries to work for what can’t be earned
Sometimes the only way to return is to go,
Where the winds will take you.

This summer, the winds are taking me across half a continent and an ocean "to work for what can't be earned."

Keep me in your prayers, friends. I'm headed beyond the blue.