• advent journal: one voice

    by  • December 4, 2017 • advent journal, community, hope, music • 6 Comments

    One of the records that has been in heavy rotation at our house is Fifteen by The Wailin’ Jennys. (There are so many anachronisms in that sentence.) It is a record of cover songs, and specifically songs about grief and sorrow. They have the awesome audacity to sing Emmylou Harris’ “Boulder to Birmingham,” Warren Zevon’s “Keep Me In Your Heart,” and Patty Griffin’s “Not Alone,” along with Tom Petty, Paul Simon, and Dolly Parton covers. Dolly’s song, “Light of a Clear Blue Morning” was what set me to writing tonight, as I went looking for words of hope I promised. And it is worth sharing here.

    it’s been a long dark night
    and I’ve been a waitin’ for the morning
    it’s been a long hard fight
    but I see a brand new day a dawning
    I’ve been looking for the sunshine
    ’cause I ain’t seen it in so long
    but everything’s gonna work out just fine
    everything’s gonna be all right
    that’s been all wrong

    ’cause I can see the light of a clear blue morning
    I can see the light of a brand new day
    I can see the light of a clear blue morning
    and everything’s gonna be all right
    it’s gonna be okay

    As much as I love the song, I want to offer something more tonight than everything is going to be okay, so I’m going to turn to the song that introduced me to the Wailin’ Jennys: “One Voice.”

    this is the sound of one voice
    one spirit, one voice
    the sound of one who makes a choice
    this is the sound of one voice

    this is the sound of voices two
    the sound of me singing with you
    helping each other to make it through
    this is the sound of voices two

    this is the sound of voices three
    singing together in harmony
    surrendering to the mystery
    this is the sound of voices three

    this is the sound of all of us
    singing with love and the will to trust
    leave the rest behind it will turn to dust
    this is the sound of all of us

    this is the sound of one voice
    one people, one voice
    a song for every one of us
    this is the sound of one voice
    this is the sound of one voice

    A song for every one of us. Our one voice is not a solo, but a glorious choir singing back to the night. Let the melody carry you. Sing along.

    Peace,
    Milton

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    6 Responses to advent journal: one voice

    1. Molly Francis
      December 4, 2017 at 10:24 pm

      One of my favorite artists and favorite songs 🙂 I remember traipsing around Wilton Baptist Church during my internship in Connecticut, listening to One Voice on repeat as I set up chairs for worship and vespers services. What an incredible peace it brings.

      • December 5, 2017 at 9:44 am

        I can picture you singing and setting up the room. Happy Advent.

        Peace,
        Milton

    2. Lora Lee
      December 5, 2017 at 5:15 am

      Beautiful! Amen!

    3. Martha Twaddell
      December 5, 2017 at 6:46 am

      I always look forward to your Advent / Lenten thoughts. Thanks for sharing them.

    4. Jeff (no, the other one)
      December 5, 2017 at 8:59 am

      ‘Surrendering to the mystery’, indeed. Thanks!

    5. Jane
      December 5, 2017 at 1:37 pm

      “One Voice” was my introduction to the Wailin’ Jennys, too – here in one of your blog posts, years ago. For which I will be forever grateful! I’m so glad to have your voice in the mix again this Advent, too. Thank you for sharing your thoughts (and your playlists!).

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