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December 5th, 2010

I’ve Been Turning Wine to Water

by Max Andrews

I was recently working on my paper on the absurdity of life and how a divine telos is the only reconciliation to consistent living while I was listening to my music on iTunes and I came across the song Lest We Die by My Epic.  I find this to be such a beautifully honest song with powerful lyrics (don’t worry, you can understand what they’re saying).  The lyrics are below (listen here).

My neighbor is a better man than I
And from your hands do all good things derive
So if my heart should swell
And of itself think well
Then humble me till I am fully thine

There’s war within my fragile skin
A violent revolt for mastery over my soul
Control is the strong man’s hoax
Skill and wealth are my only hope
A selfish grasping for worthless thrones
And it tells me “I am greatest”

So I gave it not one inch
Still it spread throughout my limbs
For my solace in the victory
Was the proof of my defeat

Who is worth anything apart from you?
Who could own anything?

My neighbor is a better man than I
And from your hands do all good things derive
So if my heart should swell
And of itself think well
Then humble me till I am fully thine

I’ve been turning wine to water
And crippling my healthy brothers
I’m walking on the ocean floor
And stirring up the fiercest storms

No I did not pour out these tides
Or tell these planets to align
My breath could never give new life
So why am I so full of pride

I encourage you to listen to/read the lyrics and reflect on it.  I’m sure you’ll begin thinking of all the times you’ve turned wine to water and crippled your healthy brothers… at least that’s what I thought of.  Before your head makes your float away, take a look around you and you’ll soon realize your humility in this universe and before God.