The following post is an excerpt from my journal reflections during a trip to the Middle East (Egypt, Jordan, Israel & Palestine) that I took in October 2015. I don’t think it was a coincidence that these were my thoughts while I was visiting what might be considered one of the most violent places in the world.
October 26, 2015
This morning, the first song I found myself dwelling on is “Great is Thy Faithfulness.” One of the things I absolutely love the most about this song is the tritone – it happens at the end of the chorus, in the interval between “un – to.” In the early days of Western music, the tritone was considered “the devil’s chord.” Yet I love the sound of it. It’s the same as how I love to hear intentionally dissonant chords. There is such beauty in that musical chaos. And I think it’s the same for our world.
There are ugly things happening all around the world. But I believe that in the midst of that pain, hatred, anger, ugliness . . . there is BEAUTY . . . we just have to look and listen for it. And celebrate it when we find it. And we will find it. It’s there.