This song was first recorded by the Imperials, and was included on the Sail On album.

The Imperials are a Christian music group that has been active for over 50 years. Originating as a southern gospel quartet, the innovative group would become pioneers of Contemporary Christian music in the 1960s. There have been many changes for the band in membership and musical styles over the years. They would go on to win 4 Grammys, and be inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame.
This song was written by Billy & Janny Grein; Janny was an early singer in the Jesus Movement and her husband, Bill, was a photographer who helped her write songs.

This song refers to Ecclesiastes 11:1. The most popular explanation of this verse is that the metaphor is taken from the casting of seed on irrigated lands, as, for instance, in Egypt before the waters of the Nile have subsided; and that the duty of giving and generosity is here implied. We are to sow what God has blessed us with… broadcasting it generally, and can then be assured we will have a harvest of reward.
Bible Reference… Ecclesiastes 11:1.

I was first introduced to the Imperials by Eddie Leslie at Formosa Youth Camp as a teenager in 1977. He was a huge Imperials fan… and I’d never heard music like theirs before.

Oh, there are people who think they’re not receiving… anything from God at all;
they are shaken from their believing.
When they don’t see results they quickly fall.
But, don’t you waver; keep on living… in the way God wants you to
Don’t get discouraged; keep on giving. Soon it will come back to you.

CHORUS:
Keep on casting… your bread upon the water;
soon it’s gonna come back home on every wave.
Keep on casting… your bread upon the water;
soon it’s gonna come back home on every wave.

CODA:
Good measure pressed down, shaken together, running over;
soon it’s gonna come back home on every wave.

Oh, keep on working, seeking the Kingdom… instead of working for your needs.
Just keep on sharing the love of Jesus…
you know, growing comes from planting seeds. (CHORUS; CODA: CHORUS)

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