Hold Fast Like an Anchor in the Storm (ˈThē Tranˈsendənt I)

ImageI have long contemplated creating a series within Orthodox Ruminations about the transcendence of art, music, and culture. These would be things that lift the soul to its Creator and bring us to the experience of the Divine. These things take us above the here-and-now of our dreadful, yet hopeful, existence on this life. These things show a light of the Divine that helps us to gain a taste of the things to come. These things are a beautiful collision of our depravity with His divinity to paraphrase David Crowder. These things lift us! They unite us! They speak of things not fully here, but nonetheless present.





First up for this series is a song fitting for our times and our culture! It is a song of resistance against the powers that be! It is a song of endurance against all trials and suffering! It is a song of hope, of longing, of overcoming! Enjoy this first post of ˈThē Tranˈsendənt series! I choose the part of the lyrics about holding fast like an anchor in the storm because I feel the depths of faith in our culture are often a mile wide, but an inch deep. We do not like to plant deep roots in our spiritual lives. I believe it is, as Revelation and other books like I and II Peter attest to, our faith that holds us, that grounds us, in the midst of a failing, hurting, broken, and declining culture. It is our faith that carries us on! Above all we must never loose our faith! Take heart for He has overcome the world! Hold Fast!

DISCLAIMER: I will include hyperlinks in the titles for all the post, so for the music to this song click on the title below:

The Resistance 

I was born into a system constructed for failure
It’s a sinking ship manned by drunken sailors
An escape artist behind the bars of a jailor
An asthmatic attack when we forgot the inhaler
If the shoe doesn’t fit what good is a tailor
In the midst of a crisis please cancel the gala
Without a symphony there’s no need for a prelude
To foreshadow what’s to come.
See the secret committees, commence with their meetings
To make red tape in response to simple questions
Questions threaten the perception of the beneficial systems
A pyramid scheme with it’s cogs and it’s pistons
Mechanization of men, making more and more
Live in a miserable exhistance
How can so few, claim so many victims
And this begs the question
My rest is a weapon against the oppression
Of mans obsession to control things
Look at the long line of make believe kings
The lord of the flies want’s you to kiss his ring
Follow new rules with invisible strings
And become a puppet in the diabolical scheme
How do good men become part of the regime
They don’t believe in resistance.

Hold fast like an anchor in the storm
We will not be moved

Lesson number one, overcome
Every fear of regret and confusion
It’s all illusion, delusion
Sent to disconnect the holy fusion
Of spirit and the flesh
Every mortal breath, is meant to bring forth fire
But only when the fear of death, gets consumed
On the funeral pier
So let the flames rise higher
Let every man be considered a liar
If he doubts the goodness and faithfulness of God
Itching ears will compulsively nod in approval
When unbelief is taught in all our temples and schools
But God can restrain the madness of a fool
He can bring His truth through the mouth of a mule
You can move an mountain without any tools
It just takes the faith of a little seed
to make a way through what might seem to be
And the ability will match the occasion
The outcome will defy explanation
The liberation will not be televised
When it arrives like lightning in the skies

Hold fast like an anchor in the storm
For your love, we will rise and overcome
Through the fire

Hold fast my people and sing
Through peace and through suffering
All for the joy that it brings, to be free
It’s gonna cost us everything
To follow one Lord and King
True love endures everything
To be free

Hold fast, like an anchor in the storm
We will not be moved


from Love & War & The Sea In Between, released 15 June 2011
Vocals, Keyboards, and Drum and Sample Sequencing by Josh Garrels
Electric Guitars by Scott Frantz

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