4B. That where there is discord, I may bring harmony

In this interview with Herbie Hancock, he describes a moment playing with Miles Davis when Hancock struck the “wrong note,” and Davis responded by adjusting his part to make it the right note. Hancock describes a humility and creative confidence inherent in collaborative improvisation. Not the creation of a perfect harmony, but a responsive act, in which love covers a multitude of sins.

Humility, knowing that this song is not about me (say all the masters), is the first step towards God. God, who makes harmonies of our discord. God, who is our confidence in every act of collaborative creation. God, who knows and loves the offending voices at which I bristle, and has already anticipated the means of their restoration. That’s the name of this tune.

We are playing in the same gig. My part is neither composing nor completing, but reconciling. I have to listen redemptively.

Psalm 62


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


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