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  1. From Dust

From the recording From Dust

Creativity helps us see things in new ways, which helps solve seemingly unsolvable problems.
Creativity flourishes in communities that value:
    Safety – it is OK to express individual ideas
    Possibility – there are many valid ways to approach a problem
    Power – we have the ability to do things differently
    Identity – we are clear about who we are
    Faith – we are guided by a God who loves us and wants us to do well.
 
The song is inspired by John 8 in which Jesus encounters the woman caught in adultery.  The ones who bring her want her to die for her sins, but Jesus finds another way.  In a Bible study on the Gospel of John, one of the participants noticed the up and down movement of Jesus - down engaging the woman, up engaging the Pharisees.

Lyrics

From Dust
Words and music by Richard Hill
 
I settled in the dust................. And everyone knew
Nothin’ more than mud.......... It was understood
Look up to the sky................... Tower’d o’er by trees
That leafy canopy.................... Roots ran so deep
 
Everyone knows...................... Everyone sees
That’s how it goes................... It was meant to be.
 
I settled for the dust................ And I never grew
Far too great the cost.............. Of seemin’ a fool
Lines drawn in the dust........... An invitation to stand
Rise above the forest.............. Claim who I am
 
Not everyone knows............... Not everyone sees
It doesn’t have to go............... It never had to be
 
Where are your accusers now?
They have all escaped...
Light breaks thru the forest boughs
And shows another way...
 
We were made from dust....... To dust we shall return
Between we rise above........... How far’s to be determined
You can shine your light.......... For everyone to see
Help someone to find.............. Help someone to lead
 
Not everyone knows............... What everyone sees
The way it tends to go............. Is not the way it has to be