4A. that where there is discord, I may bring harmony

We often speak of harmony as a sign of each person’s gift being valuable to the whole. I recently read Steven Guthrie on music in worship, noting our harmonies actually sound three voices: mine, yours, and ours.

Another perspective says harmony is the sacrifice of my individual voice. A harmony is an act of relinquishing my sole significance, making room for and celebrating the other voices. An act of self-offering.

(We don’t sing at church like we used to.)

Where there is discord (throw a rock and you’ll hit it, or instigate it, I suppose), let me bring harmony —

Not the loudest voice to silence the others; not the melody line to bring all to unison; not my turn in a series of soloists —

Where there is discord, may my voice serve yours in such a way that we hear our voice among us.

Romans 1:8-15


I’m writing short reflections on the Franciscan peace prayer through Lent. The series begins with 1A, right over here.


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