Shadows

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“Love.” What a beautiful concept to have deep affection for another. To feel love is to feel alive, to feel blessed and to know that hope is present. But love becomes complicated when one chooses to love the created more than he shows devotion to the Creator. Do you see what I’m saying? Chasing after, say, a person, is really chasing after a mirror of the Lord Himself.

God never said we weren’t to be in union with one another. He wants us to love one another. In fact, He commands it: John 13:34-35 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

So what’s the problem then, if we love each other, we love God. Let me ask you this: Are you holding on to anything tighter than you hold on to God? This is called misguided love. And this is the idea explored in the song “Shadows” by Tenth Avenue North.

We live in a fallen world. There is no escaping the fact that this place is filled with deception, lies and hurt. But, we have a Savior that can separate us from those things—far from those things. The track reflects a deep desire to build that distance between this world and the next, between the temporary and the eternal. To seek “the source behind all the shadows” and leave fleeting pleasures in the dust.

Let us not seek anything with more heart, passion and longing than the Lord Jesus. Let us cling tightly to the One who will never change and know that beauty, though reflected in creation, is nothing compared to the author of beauty Himself. Hebrews 13:8 “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”

Note: I do not own this video

Lyrics: Shadows

We’re born into the longing
With hearts, bent toward possessing
All that our eyes are seeing
Our souls, they never stop wanting
Beauty never intended to be more than a reflection

Oh, Lord, light up my dark eyes
Teach me to let go
I’ve been runnin’
Chasing nothing but shadows

My heart is an ocean raging
And Your grace is all that keeps me from drowning
My mind creates deceptions
So I cling the treasure sinking

Oh, Lord, light up my dark eyes
Teach me to let go
I’ve been runnin’
Chasing nothing but shadows
Oh, Lord, please come and
Raise my dead heart, let me know
You can keep me from
Chasing after the shadows

All that I run to, all that I cling to
Everything seems to only slip through my hands
All that I run to, all that I cling to
Everything seems to only slip through my hands

But I keep running, I keep chasing
Left holding on to only the after glow
Lord, light up my eyes, let me follow You
To the source behind all the shadows

I keep running, I keep chasing
Left holding on to only the after glow
Lord, light up my eyes, let me follow You
To the source behind all the shadows
Oh, Lord, light up my dark eyes
Teach me to let go
I’ve been runnin’
Chasing nothing but shadows

Oh, Lord, please come and
Raise my dead heart, let me know
You can keep me from
Chasing after the shadows
The shadows
Keep runnin’, keep runnin’, keep runnin’

 

WEBSITE: http://tenthavenuenorth.com

Video journal from lead singer Mike Donehey Note I do not own this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hD-vAqrrEA8

More music and lyrics from Tenth Avenue North’s album “The Struggle:”

1. “Worn:” https://themusiccentre.wordpress.com/2012/08/21/the-struggle/

2. “Losing:”https://themusiccentre.wordpress.com/2012/08/08/losing-tenth-avenue-north/

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