Farther Along: New Song for the New Metastatic Me

I recommend you view and listen to the following on YouTube.  I know I’m milking the ‘New Metastatic Me’ theme. But NMM allows me so many liberties I never had before………..

Farther Along, sung by Josh Garrels. (YouTube)

You know what I’m talking about. A song seizes you with an intimate knowledge of yourself. It comes out of nowhere. You weren’t looking for it and even if you were you wouldn’t have found it. It’s not your preferred genre of music and you were not familiar with the artist. It would never be recommended on your Pandora stations.  You listen to other songs on the album and you are disappointed. You want the emotional high to go higher, but it is not to be. Its locked up in just one song: a mystical combination of lyrics, voice, instruments, video images (YouTube version), timing in your life, and whatever else can’t be explained about music and its effect on the soul. So, this new song is comforting the “new metastatic me.”

we humans are sharers

There is always the risk in sharing something deeply personal that it will not be received with the same awe. I know better. I have had people recommend songs, books, articles, art work, movies, etc. that have been meaningful and soul-grabbing for them but I have not been completely on board with their enthusiasm.  But I get it. They can’t help promoting it and nor can I with this song. We humans are “sharers” at our core. We desperately need and cherish connection and never so much as when we are in the storms of life. This is not so surprising as I consider that we are the only created beings made in His image. The Maker of Heaven and Earth who is Love and the ultimate Sharer of love has instilled that aspect of his nature into us. His longing, if such an emotion can be ascribed to the “all-sufficient God within himself,” is for us to be sharers of love with him and extend it to others.

So, no apologies for sending this on to you and you likewise keep sending out your soul’s longings captured in whatever form they come to you. God may very well have something for one of his children to share with another of his children. He’s the ultimate sharing Being after all.

“For God so loved the world that He gave (shared) His One and Only Son so that whoever believes in him may not be lost but have eternal life. God did not send his Son into the world to judge the world guilty, but to save the world through Him.” 

– John 3:16-17

So, thanks Jessica for sharing and sending Josh Garrels’ ‘Farther Along’ to me. I am feeling its love.

4 thoughts on “Farther Along: New Song for the New Metastatic Me

  1. Sara Chambers January 25, 2019 / 3:31 pm

    Dona, you are so faithful and never flagging in sharing what you know will encourage others. Thank you for your bold but sweet and courageous spirit. We are praying for and with you. ❤

  2. Charlotte Truitt January 25, 2019 / 6:57 pm

    Powerful words, powerful song! Thank you for writing again. Thank you for finding ways to lift us all even as you suffer. Praying for you, Dave and family and asking God for comfort, strength and peace. Much love!

  3. Patty Clark January 30, 2019 / 4:00 pm

    Hey Dona! Thanks for blogging your thoughts.
    I keep thinking about the musing about the man who had nobody. A friend overseas coined the phrase “intentional urgency” concerning instances where you can share with someone whom you may never see again.
    Praying for you and Dave as you journey this road. I miss you kids!

  4. Leigh Lykins January 30, 2019 / 11:22 pm

    I’ve always felt so drawn to you! Know that I am praying for you through this journey. I love your heart for the Lord and the vulnerability you share with others! I don’t have any sisters but always thought you could be my sister, as I so enjoyed visiting with you, even if it was at the CG Dental Clinic! We have both left Alaska but I will continue to follow your posts and lift you in prayer. I’m sorry you have to endure metastatic cancer. It makes me sad. May Gods grace and mercy flow freely to you and your family.

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