Same Song, New Verse

The song, "Farther Along," is traditionally attributed to a man named W. B. Stephens who wrote it in 1911. Over the years, numerous artists have put their own spin on the hopeful lyrics of the chorus. A google search reveals that Doc Watson, Dolly Parton, Wanda Franklin, and Brad Paisley are a few who have recorded the song. One of the more recent interpretations belongs to a folk artist named Josh Garrels on his album, Love & War & The Sea In Between. While the chorus remains the same, Garrels has written fresh, new lyrics to accompany the chorus.

Music is a tricky subject, especially in the Church. We all have our preferences: traditional organ music, the old hymns, the modern praise & worship choruses, etc. Some of us would prefer an older, more traditional recording of "Farther Along" to Josh Garrels' more modern take. But take a moment to hear Garrels' message in the following link. Click on the album cover to the left to see the powerful lyrics, and you can listen to it either on this page or from his website. If you have the same reaction I did, you'll find yourself downloading the whole album, which is amazingly available for free on his website. Let us not become so rooted in our preferences that we don't open our ears to hear something fresh and insightful. In the same way, as we worship, as we study the Scriptures, let us look beyond the same old interpretation, the same old way of doing things, that we miss out on a new insight. Happy listening. And remember, we'll understand it all by & by.




grace, peace, love, and all good stuff to each of you,
Pastor Darian