The jazz genre is also known for its effective use of “blue notes.” A blue note, as defined in Wikipedia, is “a note sung or played at a lower pitch than that of the major scale, for expressive purposes.” As such, I believe that jazz music is a metaphor for life itself: beautifully complex, ever-changing tempos, and blue notes.
For me, the blue notes of life are those low points of life, those difficult and trying seasons of life, those times of heartache and hardship that we all experience. We discover blue notes scattered across the music scales of our lives. Jesus promised the presence of blue notes when he said, “I have said this to you, so that in me you may have peace. In the world you face persecution. But take courage; I have conquered the world!” (John 16:33, NRSV).
—Michael W. Waters, Freestyle: Reflections on Faith, Family, Justice, and Pop Culture (Fresh Air Books, 2014)
What “blue notes” have you experienced, and how has your faith helped you cope?
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[Jesus said,] “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
—John 16:33 (NIV)
Prayer for the Week
Dear God, help my generation rise to meet the challenges of our day with courage and integrity. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
—Prayer by Michael W. Waters in Freestyle: Reflections on Faith, Family, Justice, and Pop Culture
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Read more from Michael W. Waters on the Upper Room Ministries Blog. In “A Different Set of Rules,” Waters writes about growing up as a young Black boy and raising his son in America. His experiences reflect a troubling reality for Black people across the country. As you read his story, let it guide you to prayer and action. Read “A Different Set of Rules.”
(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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