Music weaves its way through the fabric of the days at Laity Lodge.
The sessions begin and end with song, usually old hymns for which the hymnbook may only be half-necessary.
Like the time we sang, “Shall We Gather at the River.” I don’t really know all the verses to that one — just the chorus — so I used the hymnal. I got really confused, however, when the melody we sang didn’t match the music in front of me. It’s the plight of a music-reader to notice such things.
My favorite part of a concert is when the performer forgets their lyrics. At that moment, something shifts from a performance to a sharing of imperfections, from an act on a stage to a friend who is willing to open up and reveal some deeper truth about themselves.
At the concert on the last night at Laity Lodge, the musicians sang their songs, forgot a few lyrics, and then gave us the privilege of hearing some new material.
“You mind if I share a new song?”
No, no, we didn’t mind at all when both Andrew Peterson and Andy Gullahorn asked that question. It was a pleasure to be their guinea pigs.
At times, the vulnerability made me want to look away.
How hard it must be to expose fears and struggles — from a stage. A few lines from one new AP song —
I tried to be brave and I hid in the dark.
I sat in that cave and I prayed for a spark
To burn up all the pain that remained in my heart,
But the rain kept falling down.
AP also sang a song dedicated to his wife asking if they would survive and I ached inside for them. At that moment, I wished my husband were beside me so I could slide my hand into his warmer, larger hand, and feel the squeeze of reassurance.
Beauty lives in the hard places — and we need to be reminded of that.
We do survive.
And even those who don’t can experience new life in other ways.
Easter is especially a time to be mindful of that.
Out of our greatest grief comes our greatest joy.
Thanks for the concert and the reminders.