Getting It Off My Chest

I didn't want to write about my reaction to the lack of indictments of police officers in the Eric Garner and Michael Brown cases. Didn't really feel a need to express myself on the topic, particularly since this well-written, well-reasoned, rational take on the #Ferguson decision appeared on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BenjaminWatsonOfficial/posts/602172116576590 This post said everything I …

From A Distance

Psalm 33:13-14 New International Version (NIV)

13 From heaven the Lord looks down
    and sees all mankind;
14 from his dwelling place he watches
    all who live on earth—

From a distance the world looks blue and green,
and the snow-capped mountains white.
From a distance the ocean meets the stream,
and the eagle takes to flight.

From a distance, there is harmony,
and it echoes through the land.
It’s the voice of hope, it’s the voice of peace,
it’s the voice of every man.

From a distance we all have enough,
and no one is in need.
And there are no guns, no bombs, and no disease,
no hungry mouths to feed.

From a distance we are instruments
marching in a common band.
Playing songs of hope, playing songs of peace.
They’re the songs of every man.
God is watching us. God is watching us.
God is watching us from a distance.

From a distance you look like my friend,
even though we are at war.
From a distance I just cannot comprehend
what all this fighting is for.

From a distance there is harmony,
and it echoes through the land.
And it’s the hope of hopes, it’s the love of loves,
it’s the heart of every man.

It’s the hope of hopes, it’s the love of loves.
This is the song of every man.
And God is watching us, God is watching us,
God is watching us from a distance.
Oh, God is watching us, God is watching.
God is watching us from a distance.

Hat tips to Bible Gateway, Our Daily Journey (for the daily devotional from which this was based), and Google Play for the lyrics to Bette Midler’s “From A Distance,” written by Julie Gold. Ms. Gold shares the story of becoming a songwriter and writing that song, in this wonderful article.