"East To West" as written by and Bernie/hall Herms....
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
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

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
You know just how far the east is from the west
From one scarred hand to the other

I know you've washed me white
Turned my darkness into light
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
And I'm not holding onto you
But you're holding onto me
You're holding onto me

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
You know just how far the east is from the west
From one scarred hand to the other

Just how far, the east is from the west, just how far
From one scarred hand to the other
You know just how far, the east is from the west, just how far
From one scarred hand to the other


Lyrics submitted by wildcatcorner38, edited by gabe102506

"East to West" as written by Bernie Herms John Mark Hall

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    General CommentThis truly is a beautiful song! I can't get enough of it! I think we can all agree in this; We have all felt like our sins are endless and that there's no hope for us. But that's the beauty of God's love and forgiveness. The minute we repent and ask God to forgive us, He'll throw away our sins and bury them in the sea of forgetfulness.

    The song is about how even when we feel so far away from God cause of what we've done in the past, He's still gonna love us and forget our past sins even though it might haunt us. God's still gonna hold unto us and forgive us.
    Invader_Takon September 06, 2007   Link
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    General Commentbeautiful song, def in my top 10
    I_no_Christ_Jesuson September 21, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commenttruely wonderful song.

    I LOVE CASTING CROWNS
    mayfieldrockstaron October 25, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI love this song...

    Favorite lines ====

    **I don't want to end up where You found me**

    **But today I feel like I'm just one mistake away from You leaving me this way**


    **I'm not holding on to You, but You're holding on to me**



    really love this song
    mayfieldrockstaron October 29, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song I can relate to in many ways. I remember times in my life (and I think most of us have) where I felt like I had more sins than God could forgive me for. I guess we just need to remember that God is alot bigger than us. We can never sin more than God can handle. And we have to remember that when we ask his forgivness that He does cast our sins as far as the east is from the west.
    My favorite line is probably this one:
    "I'm not holding on to You, but You're holding on to me
    You're holding on to me"
    This line reminds me that I'm not the one clinging to Christ, Hes holding me, and that brings me great comfort that Im not in my own hands, I'm in the hands of my Savior.
    shebalba8on May 06, 2008   Link
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    General Comment"i know You've cast my sins as far as the east is from the west, and i stand before You now, as though ive never sinned"

    what awesome truth!!!!!
    em345on July 06, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti absolutely love this song, my favorite line is 'from one scarred hand to the other'
    christianrocker137on July 20, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThere's one important issue with song. I'm sure about this line:
    "'cause You know just how far the east is from the west
    From one scarred hand to the other"

    I don't know if they're talking about the difference between praying and not praying(putting your hands toghether, your hands are as far away from each other as east from west) OR if they're talking about the distance between jesus hands on the cross(boths his hands are obviously scarred).
    FullDevilSocceron July 15, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI'm thankful that when I accepted Gods gift of salvation, that is his son Jesus,I was released of my sin, once and for all.I no longer ask his forgiveness because I already have it.I just thank him even when I screw up.now that's grace.
    dooglepopon May 09, 2011   Link
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    General CommentThe man in the story has been in bad places before. He is close to becoming what he used to be and one last ditch effort before that happens he wants to be reminded what Jesus went through for us, and for our sins..."'cause You know just how far the east is from the west from one scarred hand to the other" the "how far" is symbolic to the pain that only Jesus knows himself he went through. This is a beautiful song and this is what it means to me :)
    dalicikon June 21, 2011   Link

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