musical therapy.

prayer is good therapy.  and writing, and journaling.  and imprinting His word on my heart.   late night talks with roommates, when we’re both delirious with exhaustion.  lunches with friends and laughter between classes and walking to our cars or the library in almost-warm sun.  surprise emails and Facebook messages from friends.  favorite Scriptures, re-echoed to remind me of the Truth.  and sometimes, there’s also music.  poignant words filled with truth put to a melody which is beautiful even in the brokenness.  (and after all, isn’t our brokenness also a little beautiful, in its own bittersweet way?  at least, for me, it’s where God really makes the gospel known and whispers it over and over again…)

lately God has used music and songs and songwriting and even the shuffle on my iPod to remind me of his goodness, his purposes, his plan.  so sometimes, it’s good just to put on some music, listen, soak in the words, and remember his faithfulness.  sometimes, music is good therapy too.

“table for two,” caedmon’s call

you knew how you’d save me before i fell dead in the garden

you knew this day long before you made me out of dirt

and you know the plans that you have for me

and you can’t plan the ends, and not plan the means

and so i suppose i just need some peace just to get me to sleep 

“many roads,” andrew peterson

could it be that the many roads that you took here

were just for me to tell this story, and for you to hear this song

and your many hopes, and your many fears, were meant to bring you here

all along? 

“murder in the city,” the avett brothers

always remember

there is nothing worth sharing like the love that let us share our name

“only hope,” switchfoot

sing to me the song of the stars, of the galaxy dancing and laughing and laughing again

when it feels like my dreams are so far–

sing to me of the plans that you have for me over again 

“there is a reason,” caedmon’s call

he makes all things good, he makes all things good

there’s a time to live, and a time to die

a time to wonder, and a time to wonder why

because there is a reason, there is a reason

“when the saints,” sara groves

i see the man of sorrows and his long troubled road

i see the world on his shoulders and my easy load

and when the saints go marching in–

i want to be one of them 

“loves redeeming work is done”

love’s redeeming work is done, fought the fight, the battle won

death in vain forbids him rise–

Christ has opened paradise! allelulia, alleluia

“be still,” the fray

if you forget the way to go, and lose where you came from

if no one is standing beside you–

be still and know i am 

“death and all his friends,” coldplay

so come on over, just be patient

and don’t worry.

no, i don’t want to battle from beginning to end

i don’t want to cycle or recycle revenge

i don’t want to follow death and all of his friends 

“epilogue,” les miserables

even the darkest night will end, and the sun will rise

they will live again in freedom in the garden of the Lord

they will walk behind the plough-share, they will put away the sword

these days, i’m thankful for these words, and these reminders.  thankful for the almost-sun of the winter and the reminder that Spring and new life and rebirth are coming.  thankful that the God who is in control of the end is also in control of the means.  that he is holding me and walking beside me, even in my fear and sadness.  especially in my fear and sadness.

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