The year has been one of loss and sadness on many levels. I had a sense of foreboding last Christmas that I couldn’t shake. It was an accurate feeling about what the year would hold. But through it all, God’s grace has been evident, sometimes in subtle ways, sometimes in big ways.
If I have posted a lot of music from our son William, it’s because it has been one of the rare bright spots in an otherwise dark year. He began organ lessons in May, the month when we most needed our heads lifted up.
One day in August, Tom and he were gone to his lesson and returned that afternoon when my discouragement was at a new low. Tom plugged in his digital recorder to the speakers in our family room and out came the most glorious music. It was like the sun broke through the clouds. Father and son had played together for the first time on trumpet and organ, my long time dream. It was the Callahan Fanfare. My men stood there smiling at me, and I recognized what God was doing. In the midst of darkness, He brought a moment of sheer joy.
Since then, many exciting things have happened for Will as he is working hard on his music. I believe that’s one of the reasons God gives musical gifts. Good music is a light in an otherwise dark world, and those gifts point back to God himself.
If you’re going through darkness right now or if 2012 holds great challenges for you, God knows when you most need encouragement. Seek His hand no matter how dark things get and He will lead you through. There may be times when you sense complete Divine silence. The challenge to your faith is to hang on through those times in trust. The truest Creed (“I believe”) is said in the dark, as one Christian put it. It wouldn’t be faith if we could see everything plainly that God is doing.
A blessed New Year to all of you. Rejoice because God is truly a good God. His ways are above ours. His thoughts are not ours. But we can always rest in His character.