“Wish Them Well” by Rush -|- Acts 13:15

Verse 51

“But they shook off the dust of their feet against them, and came into Iconium. And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.”

Shook off the dust … Jesus had commanded:

And as many as receive you not, when ye depart from that city, shake off the dust from your feet for a testimony against them (Luke 9:5).
The symbolism of this was a warning that the rejection of the message they had preached would have eternal consequences for those who refused to hear them.

Filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit … Despite the opposition and the eventual expulsion of the preachers from Antioch, a true church of Christ had nevertheless been planted. The truth of God then had roots in Antioch of Pisidia; and the jealous fury of the opponents could do nothing against it. Christianity was on the march!

“Wish them Well”
Clockwork Angels
Rush 2012

Music: Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson
Lyrics: Neil Peart


VICTIMIZED, BEREAVED, AND DISAPPOINTED, SEEMINGLY AT EVERY TURN, I still resist feeling defeated, or cynical. I have come to believe that anger and grudges are burning embers in the heart not worth carrying through life. The best response to those who wound me is to get away from them – and wish them well.

All that you can do is wish them well
All that you can do is wish them well

Spirits turned bitter by the poison of envy
Always angry and dissatisfied
Even the lost ones, the frightened and mean ones
Even the ones with a devil inside

Thank your stars you’re not that way
Turn your back and walk away
Don’t even pause and ask them why
Turn around and say goodbye

People who judge without a measure of mercy
All the victims who will never learn
Even the lost ones, you can only give up on
Even the ones who make you burn

The ones who’ve done you wrong
The ones who pretended to be so strong
The grudges you’ve held for so long
It’s not worth singing that same sad song

Even though you’re going through hell
Just keep on going
Let the demons dwell

Just wish them well

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