East To West

Album: The Altar and the Door (2007)
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  • 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
    Rising up in me again
    In the arms of your mercy I find rest
    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
    And 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

    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
    Rising up in me again
    In the arms of your mercy I find rest
    You know just how far the east is from the west
    From one scarred hand to the other

    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
    About the truth your word reveals
    And I'm not holding onto you
    But you're holding onto me
    You're holding onto me

    Jesus, you know just how far the east is from the west?
    I don't have to see the man I've been
    Rising up in me again
    In the arms of your mercy I find rest
    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
    From one scarred hand to the other
    You know just how far, the east is from the west, just how far
    From one scarred hand to the other Writer/s: Bernie Herms, John Mark Hall
    Publisher: Capitol CMG Publishing, ESSENTIAL MUSIC PUBLISHING, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
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Comments: 5

  • Amber from Baton Rouge, LaFreedom. Freedom from self! Amen brothers and sisters of the Casting Crowns, amen!
  • Amber from Baton Rouge, LaI have been singing this song for a long time now ... and I realized tonight, I'm asking God to help me understand what that--show me how far the east is from the west, means. I've been asking that! Ever since I heard the song! To myself, to God always from in my car.
    Finally, I made an effort tonight I've NEVER made --looking it up. Thank YOU Lord for this phone --thank you Lord.
    FORGIVENESS .. Hopefully my concept of the meaning will be broadened. The Casting Crowns have an amazing, in-depth understanding as a whole of how God sees .. singing their song so harmoniously.
    Thanks guys.
    Smiley Face!
  • Stephanie from Dallas, TxI worry a lot about the spiritual consequences of the mistakes I make. Even though I know God has forgiven me, Satan still uses them to get back at me. This song has really helped me deal with letting them go. It's a work in progress, but it helps.
  • Aless from Houston, TxI listen to this song whenever I'm down on myself for the mistakes I've made in the past. It's such a great song... A definite listen-to for anyone struggling with themselves
  • Jon from Decatur, GaI love this song! Everytime I listen to it, it makes me want to cry.
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