Archive for December 11th, 2022

Advent … Day 15 of 29

Week 3

I read a little story … weeks ago (below). It is the story that created within me the desire to return to writing for a season …

for I wanted to hear the music that plays from the darkest place.

Playing my guitar I noticed how
the music doesn’t just come from the guitar’s body,
what I can see.
The music actually rises
from that dark hollowed out place behind the strings,
the place that we CAN’T see so well.
What if it’s okay if the future doesn’t always feel bright?
What if, in the darkness of the unknown I could trust:

the music will still rise up the way it was meant to?

Perhaps, the hollowed-out shadowy
heart of the acoustic guitar teaches us this:

even when we feel overwhelmed
by a future that seems dim,
right here, in these unknowns,
melodies can still have their say.

From the darkest place of the instrument,
the music plays

Morgan Harper Nichols


In this world we walk through dark places, places filled with sadness, hurt, rejection, loneliness and pain (just a few of the dark and nasties). This is our reality, our experience of being fully human.

But, we also know that we do not walk this life alone, for you sit with us in the darkness. You hold our hands and embrace our pain … as your own.

And, we know, that if you walk into the dark with us, we can trust that your will make something new out of this darkness, that we can trust you to keep your promises to us, that you will bring music out from within our dark valleys.

May me hold tightly to you, trusting all that you say and do. Grow our faith, dear God …


Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.

Hebrews 11:1

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