• Keith Mathison

Leaving All My Sorrows



Many of my favorite songs are related to a sense of nostalgia. The first song I remember being a favorite when I was a child was John Denver's Country Roads. Dougie MacLean's Caledonia later became a favorite. As a Christian, when I reflect on what it is about these kinds of songs that appeals to something deep within me, I have to conclude that it is related to the idea that we are pilgrims and strangers in this world. It reflects that longing for a better country - a heavenly one (Heb. 11:16).


Several years ago, I ran across another song that has that same kind of feel to it. It is written and sung by Marius Ziska. He is, I believe, a native of the Faroe Islands, which are located approximately halfway between Scotland and Iceland. As you can see from the image above, the Faroe Islands have some strikingly beautiful scenery.


Ziska wrote a song titled "Going Home." The video also contains beautiful scenery from the islands.

The greeting clouds

and naked hills are calling. Stones feel soft,

hard rain is falling.

The colors of home

sets us all in motion,

carried by

the winds across the ocean.

I'm going home. I'm leaving all my sorrows. I'm going home. I'm leaving all my sorrows

behind

and longing for tomorrow.

The rivers they run,

dancing down the mountains. Turns to waves

in seas of blue and motion.

I'm going home. I'm leaving all my sorrows. I'm going home. I'm leaving all my sorrows. I'm going home. I'm leaving all my sorrows behind,

and longing for tomorrow.


When I listen to this song, especially the words about "leaving all my sorrows," I am immediately reminded of the words of Revelation 21:4: "He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”


We are surrounded by sorrows on every side, and sometimes they can be overwhelming. But if you are a follower of Christ, don't forget that they will pass away. We do what we can to comfort those who are experiencing sorrows here and now (2 Cor. 13:11). We do what we can to alleviate them. But in this fallen world of sin and death, they are to be expected.


Our Savior experienced far worse sorrows that we ever will. He was the "man of sorrows" (Isaiah 53:3). But be assured; there is a future when sorrow will be no more. God has prepared for us an inheritance, a new heaven and new earth, where we will be with Him and see Him face to face.


They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. And night will be no more. They will need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever. (Revelation 22:4–5).

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