Casting Crowns

July 9, 2007 — Leave a comment

I’m in Atlanta for the International Christian Retail Show to do a signing, some interviews, and other publicity associated with the release of my new book Remember Who You Are.

This is one of the coolest “perks” of being in the Christian publishing world. This show is for people in the Christian retail, music, and publishing business. I’ll get the chance to meet some of my favorite authors and singers because almost all of the most popular Christian authors and artists will be here doing signings and performances.

Last night we heard a powerful message by Ravi Zacharias and music from Avalon, Aaron Shust (wrote the worship song “My Savior, My God”), CeCe Winans, Casting Crowns, and a few others.

Casting Crowns is one of my favorite groups. They did some songs from their newest album (releasing in August). One song–in particular–really ministered to me. It’s called, “East to West.”

Here are the lyrics:

East To West – Casting Crowns
Here I am Lord and I’m drowning, in Your sea of forgetfulness
The chains of yesterday surround me, I yearn for peace and rest
I don’t want to end up where You found me
And it echoes in my mind
Keeps me awake tonight
I know you’ve cast my sin as far as the East is from the West
And I stand before You now as though I’ve never sinned
But today I feel like I’m just one mistake away
From You leaving me this way


Jesus can you show me just how far the east is from the west

‘Cause I can’t bear to see the man I’ve been Rising up in me again

In the arms of Your mercy I find rest

‘Cause You know just how far the east is from the west

From one scarred hand to the other

I start the day, the war begins
Endless reminding of my sin
And time and time again
Your truth is drowned out by the storm I’m in
Today I feel like I’m just one mistake away
from You leaving me this way
I know You’ve washed me white
Turn my darkness into life
I need Your peace to get me through
To get me through this night
I can’t live by what I feel
About the truth Your word reveals
I’m not holding on to You
But You’re holding on to me
You’re holding on to me

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