Saturday, October 02, 2004

From A Distance

from Bette Midler’s album Some People's Lives

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.

–by Julie Gold–

1 comment:

FrostyPastor said...

Leah,
I remember the first time I heard this song. When it got really popular I had someone ask me about having it sung by someone in church. I declined - as much as most everyone seemed to like it, I reject the "theology" of the lyrics:
God is not watching us "from a distance" but from an unbelievably intimate presence in and with us. He doesn't have to "back off" far enough so as not to see our differences and love us all together. He knows us each and all as we really are - and loves us "warts and all". The people who wanted it done in church couldn't get a handle on my argument - I guess it was over their heads, but I still decided against it being "church music"

What do you think?

Mike