The first song is called “Twenty Miles from Nowhere” by Marc deRose, about a woman in a domestic violence relationship who is trapped until she makes her decision to leave. Even if a battered woman lives in a housing project or in a ritzy New York condominium, she can feel twenty miles from nowhere, because no one seems to notice or care.
The second song, “Gratitude” by Nichole Nordeman, describes how hurting people are “sinking in the shade,” that “peace might be another world away,” and how we long for an end to our thirst, for our pain to be quenched. Listening to these words struck a cord with me, as I was reminded that God’s “providing another way” might be me. I might be the “other way” for someone today.
Maybe I can be the hands he uses to give someone a cup of water.
We have sisters all around us who feel like they are twenty miles from nowhere, where in all reality they could be living next door and I am only too blind to see. Lord, help us all see.