You either get this one or you don't.
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Is this a reference to that praise and worship song, "Oh how he loves us"?
Something about "when heaven meets earth in an unforseen kiss"?
I just googled it and though (cue Shawn Spencer from Psych) "I've heard it both ways", I assumed that "unforseen" was the original.
Totally shocked to learn that "sloppy wet" was how it was originally written by John Mark McMillian. David Crowder recorded it as "unforseen". I wonder who came up with unforseen. :) That's dumb too in my opinion. Why is the sky kissing the earth in this song in the first place?
This issue even gets a mention at "Stuff Christians Like". Quite hilariously, I might add.
Yes, "Sloppy Wet" is the original.
I think I may post the Bethel version of this, which goes with "Sloppy Wet" - it's pretty incredible as worship songs go.
Also, I think the kiss is metaphorical - Jesus coming to earth is the sloppy wet kiss. That's how I've always taken it at least.
Pretty sure this one isn't in the Trinity hymnal...
What the original songwriter thinks about David Crowder changing it:
His site wouldn't let me copy and paste. Please go read it.
I'm not sure that I totally agree with him, but I value and respect his perspective. It's worth hearing it from the horse's mouth.
Bill, go read David McMillian's post above, when he explains the line. I don't think that he's talking about the second coming...well maybe he is.
He is talking about the kingdom of heaven, so my initial interpretation was wrong.
I thought the line referred to a visual image of the earth and sky meeting. He really does mean "heaven" not "sky".
It's a good article.
Been thinking about what songwriter said he wanted to convey....
A better way to express his thought might have been:
When heaven collides with earth in a clumsy embrace
When heaven meets earth with a colliding embrace
I've wondered if "sloppy wet" speaks to the messiness of the crucifixion - a terrible event, but an act of love (sloppy wet kiss).
"Unforeseen kiss" refers more to the mystery of the gospel - Christ came and his atoning work was not what was expected - "unforeseen", but was an act of love - "kiss".