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01. A Future Not My Own

Saints and Sinners
by Matt Maher



 

God slow me down

I'm like a river running

Pressed to the ground

I feel it overcoming

I'm on my knees

I'm incomplete



This is a great unknown

Love is a long and narrow road

Come chase this heart of stone

I need a future not my own



Your spirit groans

Where all my words are ceasing

Can't do this alone

Lord help my unbelieving

My poverty

I'm incomplete

We see the start but You see the end

We see in part but Your love sees everything

We plant the seeds but You make them grow

We're building a house, You're building a home

This is the great unknown

Love is a long and narrow road

Come chase this heart of stone

I need a future not my own

This world is not my home

I still have miles and miles to go

Come break this heart of stone

I need a future not my own



(MATT MAHER, JASON INGRAM, PAUL MOAK) © 2015 Sony/ATV Tree Publishing / I Am A Pilgrim Songs (BMI) / Sony/ATV Timber Publishing / Open Hands Music (SESAC) / Paul Moak Publishing / Universal Music - Brentwood Benson Publ. (ASCAP) (Adm. at CapitolCMGPublishing.com)

Behind the Song:
This song was inspired by a prayer from Archbishop Oscar Romero. The spirit of the prayer suggests it’s good to take a step back and consider the long view and remember that you are not God and you can’t see the end result of things. The last line of the prayer is what really struck me. Romero said, ‘We are prophets of a future not our own.’ And I thought, That’s what I need. I need a future that doesn’t belong to me. I decided to write a song based on what would happen if somebody read that prayer. What would their response be? The song became a response to the prayer, ‘God, I need a future not my own. I need a future that’s not of my design.’ This was one of the first songs written for the record that describes the cry of the human heart that doesn’t have a clear sense of where things are going and is looking for a sense of direction. - MATT MAHER

 

 

 

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