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I Am Every Man

September 5, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

Bangkok Padi FieldsLast weekend, Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport staff kept directing me to the “Thai Nationals” queue and were surprised to find I wasn’t a subject of the Kingdom of Thailand. A few days ago, two local ladies approached me for help at Luang Prabang International Airport – they were reduced to a prolonged giggling fit when it became apparent that I wasn’t even Laotian.

The frequency at which natives of Asian countries mistake me for one of their own is amusing. This might be understandable for Malaysians, Indonesians and Hong Kongers, but it’s more amusing that people in Hue and Hoi An think I’m from Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City (not even Việt Kiều!), people in mainland China think I’m from Hong Kong, people in the rest of Japan think I’m from Tokyo etc. There is usually a moment’s confusion before they realise that the communication failure was for a reason more fundamental than my being deliberately obtuse, hard of hearing or slow of mind. Yet up to tween-hood, it was assumed by the general public in my own home country that I was a foreigner.

It seems i am every (somewhat Asian) man.

And I am every man in another way:

Every Man (Casting Crowns)

I’m the man with all I’ve ever wanted
All the toys and playing games
I am the one who pours your coffee, corner booth each Saturday
I am your daughter’s favorite teacher
I’m the leader of the band
I sit behind you in the bleachers
I am every man

I’m the coach of every winning team and still a loser in my mind
I am the soldier in the airport facing giants one more time
I am the woman shamed and haunted by the cry of unborn life
I’m every broken man, nervous child, lonely wife

Is there hope for every man
A solid place where we can stand
In this dry and weary land
Is there hope for every man
Is there love that never dies
Is there peace in troubled times
Someone help me understand
Is there hope for every man

Seems there’s just so many roads to travel, it’s hard to tell where they will lead
My life is scarred and my dreams unraveled
Now I’m scared to take a leap
If I could find someone to follow who knows my pain and feels the weight
The uncertainty of my tomorrow, the guilt and pain of yesterday

Is there hope for every man
A solid place where we can stand
In this dry and weary land
Is there hope for every man
Is there love that never dies
Is there peace in troubled times
Someone help me understand
Is there hope for every man

There is hope for every man
A solid place where we can stand
In this dry and weary land
There is hope for every man
There is love that never dies
There is peace in troubled times
Will we help them understand?
Jesus is hope for every man

There is hope for every man
A solid place where we can stand
In this dry and weary land
There is hope for every man
There is love that never dies
There is peace in troubled times
Will we help them understand?
Jesus is hope for every man

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