It's a long and narrow way
If I can't work up to you, you'll surely have to work down to me someday
Given the number of biblical references in the song, this is almost certainly a reference to Jesus in Matthew 7:14 — “Strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” Jesus was telling his followers to take the straight and narrow path, unlike most people who followed the broad way, despite the fact that the narrow path the longest and most difficult one. Interestingly, this line is commonly referenced by Christian fundamentalists to justify their literal interpretations of the Bible.
While it’s not a literal biblical phrase, “Meet me halfway” has been a staple of prayer, since, it is such a hard road to go down.
In this album, many songs indicate the difficulty in overcoming snares, and weariness in failing. “Soon After Midnight” exemplifies his struggle.
Every truly spiritually sincere Christian, especially Jewish ones, have tremendous obstacles thrown in their way, and it is a long, long road, and a narrow way.
We have to do our part, NOT take the broad path and expect God to condone our own interpretation. But, without the kindness and grace of God, no one gets through. I believe if we ask, God will meet us half way, as long as we meet him half way.
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