Bruce Carroll’s “The Unexplained”

The last couple times Deb and I have driven town to the Tri-Cities to go to church at the MCC down there (River of Life MCC), I’ve found some treasures at Hastings (bookstore, recordstore) — treasures as in used Christian CDs (as in, all $5.99 or cheaper). In January I got two Margaret Beckers, two Steven Curtis Chapmans, and one Gary Chapman. This time (last weekend) I got two Michael W. Smiths, two Geoff Moores, two Bryan Duncans, and one Bruce Carroll.

Anyway, this weekend, Bruce Carroll’s Boomerang (1997) is rapidly growing on me, as a whole, especially “The Unexplained.” Great melody plus talk of ultimate realities, earthly emotions, yearning for God, yearning for the true love’s face … and my favorite line: “The absence of fear in danger’s embrace” (surely the first goal, after loving God and others, of Christian spirituality). I love how the song mixes emotional, spiritual, and intellectual struggles into one human struggle. Been there, relate to that.

“The Unexplained” by Bruce Carroll and Billy Simon

What mysteries lie in life
that toy with the mind of man?
How is it we live and die?
What purpose is in our hands?

Emotions so deep and broad
The quest for the voice of God
The secrets, the questions, the knowing
What can’t be solved

CHORUS:
The absence of fear in danger’s embrace
The proverbial puzzle of time and space
The beat of a heart, that emotional pace
Brought on by one look on your true love’s face
The pressure, the passion, the joy, the pain
The presence of God when he calls your name
Has put you in touch with the unexplained

The vision of things unseen
Hearing unspoken words
The peace in uncertainty
Unshaken in the absurd

The doorway to hearts and minds
Has been opened revealing
What words never will describe

A bridge to a new comprehension
Has put us in touch with the truth

The beat of a heart, that emotional pace
Brought on by one look on your true love’s face
The pressure, the passion, the joy, the pain
The presence of God when he calls your name
Has put you in touch with the unexplained

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