March 23 LENTEN DEVOTION: “LET IT BE”

 

Friday, March 23, 2018

"Let it Be"
Philippians 2:5-11

When I find myself in times of trouble
Mother Mary comes to me
Speaking words of wisdom
"Let it be"
And in my hour of darkness
She is standing right in front of me
Speaking words of wisdom
"Let it be"

Music reaches us in ways words wish they could. Music’s ability to touch, reflect, empower, grieve, steep, inspire, refresh, liberate, change, embrace, inform, remind, renew, and release has always been a universal experience.

Reflecting on music in my life, I think about the presence and absence of music during different cycles. Listening to music, going to concerts, playing instruments, and singing all make up the primary experience of music in my life. Most of the time, I cannot keep from singing or enjoying the fullness of music.

Yet, in my hour of darkness I could not stomach music. Singing, especially in a communal setting, usually brought me joy and connection, but in trauma I could not sing. My voice was lost in my unending inner cavern of grief, unable to reach any light. I needed to listen to my body, emotions, and the absence of music.

Let it be.

This passage in Philippians exists as a hymn, speaking words of wisdom to a community through song. When I found myself in times of trouble and pain, powerless to make music, my community sang for me. As they carried and sheltered me, I listened to their song. Gradually, the cavern diminished, and a small light infiltrated the darkness.

And when the night is cloudy
there is still a light that shines on me
Shine until tomorrow
Let it be
I wake up to the sound of music
Mother Mary comes to me
Speaking words of wisdom
Let it be

Ashley Pogue
SFTS MDiv Student