Yesterday afternoon I was cleaning the kitchen and this song, "Farther Along" by Josh Garrels, came on my iPod. Every time I hear the opening notes, I find myself stopping in my tracks just to take it in. I stood still in my kitchen and sang along. I tell you what- Nicole rapping (or however you describe the verses of this song) is probably a comical sight... probably why I only do it standing alone in my kitchen. :-) This song just... I can't even describe... it moves me and encourages me and just fills me with hope. It's one of my all time favorites.
It reminds me that perseverance builds character, character builds hope, and that hope will not disappoint.
And after I heard it yesterday afternoon, I wondered to myself whether there was a decent video for it on YouTube and then promptly forgot about it. Later last night, I was catching up on some blog reading in bed and what video did Ann Voskamp (author of One Thousand Gifts) just happen to post on her blog? Yep! That's the one...
For two more days only, you can download the entire Josh Garrels discography for FREE on NoiseTrade.com. All tips go to support the work of World Relief in the Congo. So, win-win situation here. Josh Garrels is probably one of the most intense, unique, challenging and beautiful artists I've come across in a long time, if not ever. His album Love & War & the Sea In Between is simply epic. It's included in the free download, and I can't recommend it highly enough. You can check it out here: http://noisetrade.com/joshgarrels
And that's my commercial. :-) Here are a couple more videos that Matthew came across on Garrels' website awhile back. They both feature some cool animation and are definitely worth a look: