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fisparksie I have this album on repeat. It gives me hope, comfort, clarity and the space to cry out “How long?” in this crazy year of 2020. May his kingdom come. Thank you Bifrost Arts. Favorite track: Come Light.
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Carrie You've put our prayers of waiting to song and tune so BEAUTIFULLY! Thank you for your dedication to your artistry. I plan on using O God, Will you Restore Us? and Come Light as meditations for our Womens Bible Study. Blessing on all of you.
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salmabf Its a great album, all songs are of high quality, thank you! Favorite track: Our Song in the Night.
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Josh Simons "Christians have the propensity to force a trivial kind of mandatory happiness in the church," says Dave Furman in his book Being There: How to Love Those Who Are Hurting. The reality of the world is that is it broken, and we as a people are broken, longing for ourselves, our loved ones, our communities and countries and situations all to be made whole again. There is a genuine cause for and need for lament. Bifrost Arts gives appropriate and honest words that are biblical to face the brokenness, keep pain in its proper frame, deal with honest questioning, and glorify God as our ultimate satisfaction because He is where our wholeness is found. How long, O Lord, until we are with You? Help us to wait patiently, and to love others as deeply as You love us.
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Phil Majorins Understated beauty of an album. Favorite track: Lesser Loves.
Paul Huxley
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Paul Huxley Perfect for a dark, autumn or winter night. Beautiful, reassuring, comforting. Favorite track: Come Light.
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How Long? 04:32
How long? Will You turn Your face away? How long? Do You hear us when we pray? On and on, still we walk this pilgrim way - How long? How long 'til Your children find their rest? How long 'til You draw them to Your breast? We go on holding to Your promises - How long? (Refrain) 'Til You wipe away the tears from ev'ry eye 'Til we see our home descending from the sky Do we wait in vain? Jesus, give us hope again! How long 'til Your word will still the storm? How long 'til You bare Your mighty arm? How we groan 'til You snatch us from the thorns - How long? How long? Sweet the dawn that ends the race. How long? Weak our hearts but strong our legs. Looking on - great that cloud of witnesses! How long?
Rise Up 04:16
For the lonely and forgotten, for the weary and distressed, For the refugee and orphan, and for all who are oppressed, For the stranger who is pleading while insulted and despised, Will You rise? Will You rise? Rise up! Rise up! The earth will fear the Lord when You avenge the poor. May Your kingdom come . . . O rise up! Hear how Rachel, she is weeping. How she will not be consoled. And the children in our keeping, are their bodies bought and sold? And the watchmen, he is sleeping. Do You see them with Your eyes? Will You rise? Will You rise? Rise up! Rise up! The earth will fear the Lord when You avenge the poor. May Your kingdom come . . . O rise up! As Your will is done in heaven, Let it now be done below Let Your daily bread be given, Let Your kingdom come and grow Lead us not into temptation, But deliver us, we cry Will You rise? Will You rise? Rise up! Rise up! The earth will fear the Lord when You avenge the poor. And bare Your holy arm to keep them safe from harm, May Your kingdom come . . . O rise up!
O God, will You restore us, and grant us Your salvation? I will hear what God proclaims The Lord our God proclaims peace Kindness and truth shall meet Justice and peace shall kiss “Here is the fast I choose – To loosen the bonds of the oppressed and break their chains Let righteousness and justice go out before you Then you will call out and I will hear” Near indeed is His salvation to those who call on Him He will incline is ear and hear their prayers Truth shall spring out of the earth and Justice will rain down from heaven The Lord will guide you on a righteous path His vindication will shine down forth as the dawn Your people will be called repairers of broken walls making straight the path to proclaim His reign!
In the darkness, can you hear us? When the night comes, are we alone? Have you forgotten all of your children? When we remember you how we groan But our hearts cannot be silent God, be our song in the night when the light is gone God, be our joy, be our strength Be our sheltering place Our song in the night We are broken-- are we forsaken? Has your love gone down with the sun? And your mercy through all history, Is it abandoned and undone? Oh our hearts cannot be silent Your road, it led me down to the Red Sea The waters trembled, and you made a way You raised Your arm and led them to dry land Lord, will You hear us when we say That our hearts cannot be silent ___________________________________ words and music by Michael Van Patter
Teach us to number our days That we may apply our hearts to Your ways Teach us to number our days with wisdom and grace. You've been our home and our dwelling our place in all generations. Before the earth or the mountains were formed, Lord, You were God. Now the span of our lives, It is made of sorrow and labor As the days pass away like the grass How soon we are gone. O establish the work of our hands, set Your favor upon us. O establish the word of our hands, May Your kingdom come! ___________________________________ words and music by Sandra McCracken
Break Us 03:25
When I stand in the presence of a Holy God, And I flee and I cover my face, My heart filled with shame, Yet You still call my name, and You break me by the power of Your grace. (refrain) Break us by the power of Your grace, O Lord, Won’t You break us by the power of Your grace. Break us, remake us, don’t let the sorrow take us; O break us by the power of Your grace. When I walk through the evil and strife of the earth And I turn and I cover my eyes, The arms that do violence While our hearts watch in silence— Won’t you break them by the power of Your grace. When my flesh, it shall fail, and my work here is done, And the heavens and earth are remade, Though I sowed here in sorrow It will be glorious tomorrow He’ll remake it by the power of His grace!
O God of my salvation, do you not hear? My soul is full of trouble and death is near. You sunk me to the bottom among the dead. Your wrath is heavy on me; I have no friend. (refrain) Can the dead rise up to praise, sing of mercy from the grave? Is Your faithfulness proclaimed even in the darkest place? I cry in prayer before You; You hide Your face. Your wrath has overwhelmed me and I can’t escape. Your terrors have destroyed me; they flood the day. All those who ever loved me are far way. ___________________________________ words and music by Chris Juby
Come Light 04:06
Kindle the flint, the tinder Liven the hearth the stone Shelter the dying lantern light Gladden the shadowed home Into this wilderness of shadows Come, Light original Answer our famine yearning Nourish our blighted fields Raise all our fallen storehouses Leaven the bitter yield Into this emptiness, this hunger Come, Bread all bountiful. Out of the blowing starlessness Over the frozen sea Into our barren midnight Up from the fruitless trees O come Loosen the cloaks of journeymen Mend all the broken roads Wake us from fitful forest sleep Lighten the lonely load Into this pilgrimage, this journey Come, Home perpetual. ___________________________________ words and music by Greg Thompson
In labor all creation groans till fear and hatred cease, Till human hearts come to believe: In Christ alone is peace. In labor all creation groans till prejudice shall cease, Till every race and tribe and tongue in Christ will live in peace. In labor all creation groans till rape and murder cease, Till women walk by night unharmed and Christ is this world’s peace. In labor all creation groans till false divisions cease, Till enemies are reconciled in Christ who is our peace. ___________________________________ music: traditional, words by Delores Hufner
Lesser Loves 03:57
I was a prisoner; You held the key the door was opened; You welcomed me Oh I was guilty of every crime but you took my place and you did my time (refrain) How can I thank you, Lord? My broken heart, You have restored. How can I thank you, Lord? You give me grace I cannot afford. I was an enemy but You made me a guest You spread a table in the wilderness Beside the waters, You filled my cup O how I have settled for lesser loves I was an orphan, but You called me “child” I was a stranger; I was lost and defiled, Redemption found me from up above O how I had settled for lesser loves. ___________________________________ words and music by Trent Dabbs, Kate York, and Isaac Wardell


released March 1, 2016

These songs were recorded in several makeshift locations using Isaac's home recording equipment in November 2015 and February 2016. Thanks to all the friends who came and helped make these songs what they are!

Lead Vocals:
Daniel Levi Goans
Lauren Goans
Yolonda Jones
Nan McMillan
Greg Thompson
Paul Zach

Backing Vocals:
Julie Bernstein
Hunter Chorey
Calie Garrett
Sarah Miller
Abbey Ness
Michael Salvatierra

Megan Gray
Christi Salisbury
Daniel Sender

Kristin Baltes

Isaac Wardell, Paul Zach, Alex Foote, and John Athayde

Isaac Wardell, John Lindsey, and John Athayde

String arrangement on "Can the Dead Rise Up to Praise?" by Daniel Hwang

Special Thanks to the writers of several of these songs:
Trent Dabbs & Kate York
Chris Juby
Sandra McCracken
Kelley McRae
Greg Thompson
Michael Van Patter

Mixed by Rob Evans

Album art by Sarah Lapp
(with a portion of the painting "Couple Reaching Up" by Evelyn Williams. used by permission. all rights reserved)


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Founded by Joseph Pensak and Isaac Wardell

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