A Word from Kevin… Finding Beauty During Lent

One of the many privileges of being a choral conductor is that I am continually surrounded by poetry and music. This Lent, one piece of music in particular has caused me to stop in my tracks and reflect upon its meaning during these 40 days: “The New Moon.”

The music is composed by David Childs and the poetry was written by the late Sara Teasdale.

Day, you have bruised and beaten me,
As rain beats down the bright, proud sea,
Beaten my body, bruised my soul,
Left me nothing lovely or whole —
Yet I have wrested a gift from you,
Day that dies in dusky blue:

For suddenly over the factories
I saw a moon in the cloudy seas —
A wisp of beauty all alone
In a world as hard and gray as stone —
Oh who could be bitter and want to die
When a maiden moon wakes up in the sky?

This poem makes me realize the beauty and preciousness of life in a time when we are called to remember our own mortality. No matter how difficult the day, or tempting the hour, God has given us things, people, blessings by which to garnish hope for a new day.

As we each journey through these 40 days with Christ this Lent, let us come out on the other side with a new sense of life and beauty and faith.

*To watch The New Moon performance by David Childs, click HERE.

© 2014 Calvary Baptist Church, Denver, Colorado.
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