Monthly Archives: November 2013

“So I made you a playlist …”

Our relationship began with an exchange of mix-CDs.  A year and a half later, our engagement night culminated with another mix CD.  Needless to say, when “So I made you a playlist …”  popped up in my G-chat on Friday, I was both intrigued and excited.

Date nights are a little different here in Lippo Cikarang.  Our options are very limited, but we have certainly made the best of it.  Cheap massages and Indian food mark almost every Friday night.  This past Friday, however, we opted for Japanese, a bottle of wine, and the aforementioned playlist.

Two songs in, and I had it.  Maybe not the whole narrative arc (as David called it), but I had a word.  Home.  These songs were about home.  Looking for home.  Wandering from home.  Missing home.  Yearning for home.  And ultimately, finding home in unexpected places.

Before we moved to Indonesia, David and I embarked on what we called “The Farewell Tour,” visiting friends and family all over Oklahoma and Texas.  One night in Oklahoma, a dear old friend gave me what has become one of my favorite keepsakes.  Knowing I was moving away from everything known, save my husband, Carrie made me a frame containing a lyric from the sweet (although slightly overplayed) song “Home,” by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros.


Three months into our adventure abroad, I can certainly testify to its truth.  In a place that doesn’t feel very much like home (especially considering it’s still 90 degrees in November, excuse me, I mean 32 degrees … Celsius), David is the closest thing I have to home.  Regardless of location.

And yet even the sweetest marriage imaginable isn’t truly home.  David mentioned the other night that living overseas has helped him identify with the myriad of characters both in the Old and New Testaments who leave their homelands and families in a faithful and obedient response to the call of God.  Wandering is oftentimes the norm.  We are meant to keep that tension and longing alive as we look forward to a future home, “whose architect and builder is God.”  (Hebrews 11:10)

So it was only fitting that our playlist began with a song about Abraham.

The Far Country – Andrew Peterson

This is a far country,

This is a far country,

Not my home


Wayfaring Stranger – Neko Case

I am a poor wayfaring stranger

A-travelin’ through this world below

But there’s no sickness, toil, or danger

In that bright land to which I go


Into the Mystic – Van Morrison

And when that foghorn blows, I will be coming home

And when that foghorn blows, I want to hear it

I don’t have to fear it …


Give a Man a Home – Ben Harper

Have you ever worn thin

Have you ever not known where to begin

Have you ever lost your belief

Watching your faith turn to grief


Long Way Home – Tom Waits

Well, I stumbled in the darkness

I’m lost and alone

Though I said I’d go before us

And show the way back home

Is there a light up ahead

I can’t hold on very long

Forgive me pretty baby but

I always take the long way home


Night Train – Amos Lee

Nobody looks you in the eye here

Walking ’round with clinched fists

I’ve been searching for a simple place

Don’t know if it exists


Called Home – Over the Rhine

Just shy of Breakin’ Down

There’s a bend in the road that I have found

Called home

Take a left at loneliness

There’s a place to find forgiveness

Called home


Take Me Home Country Roads – John Denver

Country roads, take me home

To the place I belong

West Virginia, Mountain Mama

Take me home, country roads


Home – G.Love

Warm smell comin’ from the kitchen cookin’ it

Old folks sittin’ on the back porch lookin’ for

The time I get off of this train that keeps runnin’ me

Far from the place I long to be


Home – Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros

Home is wherever I’m with you.