Don’t mute the music now

Music is moving. It winds it’s way through the twists of life, rising with us to the peaks and plummeting to the valleys with us. It can connect us across the centuries and bind people standing together in new, profound ways. It takes practice to get it right and dedication to learn it well. It is beat, melody, harmony, and symphony all in one. Art claims it, humanity touched by it, and our souls the holder of it.

Silence has its place and for those moments, be still.

But if it is a time like this, for the music to play, let it.

If someone loved you, love forward.
If someone mentored you, bless on.
If someone taught you, teach others.
If someone gifted you, pay it forward.

For tragedy and joy are some of the greatest complexities in life, we are intertwined with both daily.

When tragedy shatters the stained glass window around you and the piercing sun blinds your eyes, keep breathing, keep living. Let the notes of courage and providence carry you just to the next measure. Weep to the slow, riveting sound of the low tones and know this too is music. Heart-break is still worship, in the wrestle and the raw, faith laid bare, do not mute the music now.

When joy gives pacing to your heart’s arrhythmia and the care from others brings your quality of life to notable goodness, keep living. Let the notes of confidence and community carry you to the next song of beauty. Sway to the rhythm, the momentous pulse of the strong tones and know this too is music. Hope is worship, not for you alone but also for those you can bless, do not mute the music now.

for all you enjoy and for that which calls you to endure, know I play music for each of you,
nasreen fynewever

“In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” -Jesus words as written in John 16:33

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written in loving honor of Jeff Looman, fellow teacher, man of God.

written by commissioning of Holley Gerth, leader of a joyful dreaming community that grows in the “pay it forward” lives of college students in Michigan, Jumping Tandem Retreat goers, and myself.

For tragedy and joy are some of the greatest complexities in life, we are intertwined with both daily. For both, I stay on my knees; join me.

And…

don’t mute the music now.

#PFTL

(Photo retrieved from J. Looman’s facebook photos, used under public domain rights)

17 thoughts on “Don’t mute the music now

  1. I love this right here:

    If someone loved you, love forward.
    If someone mentored you, bless on.
    If someone taught you, teach others.
    If someone gifted you, pay it forward.

    Great words, O wise teacher!

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    1. Elise, this is a lesson we all have to learn time and time again, don’t you think? 🙂

      Saying thank you is absolutely needed, but we may not always have the opportunity or the right words to say thank you. Paying it forward has roots in the Great Commission and gives great honor to the meaningful people in our lives. Best to you as you do this.

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  2. Absolutely beautifully written! I love your thoughts on music, and the poem! Music is so powerful. There’s a song by Trisha Yearwood, “The Song Remembers When” that says it so well. It’s a country song, and if you haven’t heard it, you should give it a listen! Enjoyed finding your blog through Holly’s linkup!

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  3. “Heartbreak is still worship”…I love to think of this! Thank you, Nasreen, for posting this. It has helped me tune my thoughts and prayers.
    ~Lynda Looman (Jeff’s wife)

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    1. Dear Lynda,

      Broken-hearted sister, I grieve with you.

      Over 1000 people read these words in the first 24 hours they were written. These 1000 join the many multitudes of us all learning to tune our hearts as Jeff exemplified in his life.

      But whatever the numbers, your one man is gone and for this may music, weeping, and worship find its echo in the hollow moments.

      Thank you for letting me know you read this.

      ~nasreen

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  4. Nasreen, I’m sorry for your loss. Thank you for for these moving thoughts on the musical rhythm of life and worship. A dear friend of mine lost her husband tragically last fall, and it has been heavy on my heart lately. Your words help:)

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  5. Nasreen, I really enjoyed your post. Thank you for sharing what is in your heart and the sweet, gentle reminder to continue the music…even in the midst of darkness. It is there that we can most profoundly hear the voice of our Redeemer. God bless you and keep you in His care, Cheryl Smith

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  6. Nasreen,
    Thank you for writing this, for sharing it.

    “Heart-break is still a time of worship, in the wrestle and the raw, faith laid bare, do not mute the music now.”–just what I needed to hear.

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