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From Eden to Paradise

May 22, 2018
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George Ezra has a new album out and it sounds like summer! The lyrics are sun-filled too, and got me thinking as well as singing along. In The Beautiful Dream, he asks, ‘Is the grass of Eden overrated?’ and in Paradise, he sings, ‘If it feels like paradise running through your bloody veins/ You know it’s love heading your way’. But one song in particular drew my attention – “Saviour” – which asks the penetrating question, ‘Being your own saviour/ Is it saving you?’ It reminded me of Kings of Convenience’s song I Don’t Know What I Can Save You From.

Being your own saviour, being someone else’s, is it saving you, is it saving them? Let’s be honest – we can’t save ourselves, let alone each other – ‘What I’ve got to give is not enough/ It’s a dark night’. Jesus says, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life’ (John 8:12). Speaking of Jesus and imprisoned for his faith, Peter proclaims, ‘Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved’ (Acts 4:12). For more on this, see Too good to save it for later.

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