PLACE OF REST
(Nori Kelley)

Searching, looking for a place of rest
Sailing on a stream of conciousness
Listening for the Voice that calms my fears
Watching for the fulfillment of the years
Sometimes I fail to let You lead the way
The path gets deep and dark ‘till all I can say is...

I need deliverance, I need Your innocence
I need to make some sense of this life
Come pour Yourself on me, come bring reality
Come in and set me free from this strife
And then You come, washing over me
You send Your love and fill me with Your peace

You are my rest...

Japanese Lyrics (pdf)...

©2006 Nori & Barbie Kelley
Published by Count The Cost Publishing / BMI.
All rights reserved. Used by permission.

Nori - This song came out of a time of dealing with some deep unresloved issues in my life, having mostly to do with my past. It's incredible to learn how our present can be so dictated by negative things that have happened to us, when they don't have to be. Thanks to the grace of God and the mercy shown to us on the cross, we can be free! Actually, this one started with the second line, "Sailing...," and developed from there. I envisioned myself drifting down a peaceful stream, but then realized that life really is a series of ups and downs, happiness and sadness, victories and defeats. Anyone who says their life is always on top is full of it!

I asked our friend Kazuya Takagi to translate this one, and he came up with a translation that, from what we've been told, really expresses the heart of a Japanese in the way that he/she would express it. Thanks, Kaz!

Musically, this one is a bit of James Taylor during the verses, contrasted by modern rock on the choruses...

Barbie - Kazuya's wife, Mari, sings on this song. She and Kaz have quite a unique love story. Nori and I were honored to sing at their wedding, and Lizzie and Cynthea were their flower girls. We are priveleged to have her sing on our CD, but more so, as a friend.

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