Lately I've had Thrice's newest release, Beggars, which was largely inspired by a quote by Martin Luther--"We are beggars: this is true." Two songs in particular have been inspiring to me: "The Great Exchange" (see a post about it here), and "In Exile." The latter is about the transient nature of the believer's life on this earth. The lyric has been reminding me of the truth that this world is not all there is, and that I am destined for something more than what we can see. Eternity is on the horizon, and I shouldn't get too comfortable or settled with life in this world. My heart always needs to be set on eternity. "In Exile"
I am an exile--a sojourner; a citizen of some other place. All I've seen is just a glimmer in a shadowy mirror, But I know one day I'll see face to face.
I am a nomad--a wanderer; I have nowhere to lay my head down. There's no point in putting roots to deep when I'm moving on; I'm not settling for this unsettling town.
My heart is filled with songs of forever-- A city that endures, where all is made new. I know I don't belong here; I'll never Call this place my home, I'm just passing through.
I am a pilgrim--a voyager; I won't rest until my lips touch the shore Of the land that I've been longing for as long as I've lived, Where there'll be no pain or tears anymore.
May our hearts be filled with songs of forever. One day, those dreams will come true.