NOTEworthy July 19

On the Nature of Daylight

Max Richter

This week, I want to provide a different sort of experience through this column. It can often be wearisome to be “preached at,” and I am no preacher. In fact, by the very nature of my profession, I’m probably closer to being a professional listener.

Max Richter, the composer of this wonderful piece, often talks about music as “a place to think.” In following his lead, I want to invite you into this song as a place, rather than a piece. And rather than tell you my thoughts on the music, I want to step aside, and invite your thoughts and feelings to be your guide.

Simply put, this song calls for introspection, and I cannot be introspective for you. That would be silly. However, if you would like some guidance, here are some questions that may guide you deeper into yourself, and deeper into your relationship with God.

Let a person examine himself, then, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup.
1 Corinthians 11:28

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In what ways am I loving my neighbor?

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How is my faith strengthening my bonds with those around me?

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What is God calling me towards today?

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What am I afraid to give to God?

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Am I loving myself as Christ loves me?

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When was a time that I was delivered by God?

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How can I listen more deeply to the Holy Spirit?

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