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go on up to the mountain of mercy
to the crimson perpetual tide
kneel down on the shore
be thirsty no more
go under and be purified

at the wonderful tragic mysterious tree
on that beautiful scandalous night you and me
we're atoned by His blood
and forever washed white
on that beautiful scandalous night

steve hindalong and derri daugherty, copyright 1992 never say never songs/new spring publishing, inc/ascap

some samples].

yesterday i received my merry-christmas-to-me package of several cds. i know i'm a little late on the "city on a hill" craze, but this song is my new obsession. as a matter of fact, this song is the sole reason for this particular album purchase. i suppose i'll get to the other songs eventually.

i am humbled and overwhelmed at this song's content and imagery. i know i'm in the wrong holiday here; but then again, christmas and easter are nothing without the other. we are in a season of advent -- a time of waiting; a time of anticipation; a time of arrival. but why the celebration? to the world, some illegitimate kid was born in a middle-of-nowhere stable. to God, the world had received His Son. to believers, it meant then as it does now: Emmanuel, God with us... our Savior has come. but we celebrate now with the added knowledge of the resurrection: we know the beautiful scandalous end of the story. we are indeed atoned; we are purified; our guilt extinguished.

Posted on Wednesday, December 8, 2004 at 10:35PM by Registered Commentermdog | Comments7 Comments

Reader Comments (7)

i, too, purchased that city on a hill cd for that particular song. it is beautiful.

god is with us.
Dec 9, 2004 at 10:31AM | Unregistered Commenteramo
yooo hooooooo. anyone home?

Dec 14, 2004 at 07:40AM | Unregistered Commenterrachel
she'll be back. ;)

mdog -- your blog came up when i googled mine! weird.
Dec 15, 2004 at 03:28PM | Unregistered Commenteramo
someday... someday i'll be back. yeesh.

not too weird. you are on my "folks" list over to the right, you know. :D
Dec 15, 2004 at 04:37PM | Registered Commentermdog
ah, of course!

Dec 15, 2004 at 05:46PM | Unregistered Commenteramo
i loves that song too!
do you remember me playing it for you when you were here? did i do it at worship as well?? its a goodun!

amo is blogging?? gotta check that out! :D
Dec 21, 2004 at 04:55PM | Unregistered Commenterlana
oh, i remember! you played it for me and for worship as well. i think it was the first time i'd heard it... not a bad way to go, in my opinion. ;)

how's all that recording coming, hmmm?
Dec 21, 2004 at 05:27PM | Registered Commentermdog

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