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The Earth seen from Apollo 17.

The Earth seen from Apollo 17. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Many years ago, Bette Midler sang a song, “From a Distance.”  In the song she talks about how the world and humanity looks from a distance.  She paints a picture of peace, hope, and love.  The words take away the divisions between humans and speaks of our unity.  During one part of the song, she talks about God watching us from a distance.

This song came to my mind this week when I was pondering what God might possibly think when looking upon humanity.  I am sure that at times God is saddened by what is seen.  I am sure that God does not understand why we need to continue to battle and fight with one another.  I am sure that God feels our arguments and bitterness is totally unnecessary.  When I look at behaviors around me, I know that is what I think and feel way too often.

But the other thought that I believe God has when looking at humanity is that there is hope there.  Just as the song lyrics mention, there is hope in humanity.  If we are able to step away from our battles, arguments, and feuding, there is hope.  God created all of us and we are all children of God.  Hope is found in that unifying reality.

So I share with you the lyrics of the song and encourage each of us to strive to live into those lyrics.

Bette Midler From A Distance Lyrics

Songwriters: GOLD, JULIE
From a distance the world looks blue and green,
And the snow-capped mountains white.
From a distance the ocean meets the stream,
And the eagle takes to flight.

From a distance, there is harmony,
And it echoes through the land.
It’s the voice of hope, it’s the voice of peace,
It’s the voice of every man.

From a distance we all have enough,
And no one is in need.
And there are no guns, no bombs, and no disease,
No hungry mouths to feed.

From a distance we are instruments
Marching in a common band.
Playing songs of hope, playing songs of peace.
They’re the songs of every man.
God is watching us. God is watching us.
God is watching us from a distance.

From a distance you look like my friend,
Even though we are at war.
From a distance I just cannot comprehend
What all this fighting is for.

From a distance there is harmony,
And it echoes through the land.
And it’s the hope of hopes, it’s the love of loves,
It’s the heart of every man.

It’s the hope of hopes, it’s the love of loves.
This is the song of every man.
And God is watching us, God is watching us,
God is watching us from a distance.
Oh, God is watching us, God is watching.
God is watching us from a distance.

From A Distance lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, A SIDE MUSIC LLC
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