A Tapestry of Uncommon Prayer: A Weaving of Scripture, Art and Music, was created and presented in 2007. It is the result of ruminating on the words God spoke to me: “Find your voice” and “Use your music.” Practicing the piano again after many years of distance from it, I discovered that it was no longer just learning the notes. My music and faith had become interwoven, and practicing had become prayer. As I passionately paired music with scripture and art, an inner excitement grew that I had not experienced before. God was pulling me out of the mire, and I was beginning to move away from my false self into who I felt God created me to be.
There is a certain innocence about beginning, with its excitement and promise of something new. But this will emerge only through undertaking some voyage into the unknown. And no one can foretell what the unknown might yield. There are journeys we have begun that have brought us great inner riches and refinement; but we had to travel through dark valleys of difficulty and suffering. Had we known at the beginning what the journey would demand of us, we might never have set out. Yet the rewards and gifts become vital to who we are. Through the innocence of beginning we are often seduced into growth. Sometimes the greatest challenge is to actually begin; there is something deep in us that conspires with what wants to remain within safe boundaries and stay the same. ~John O’ Donohue
What I have learned so far along my journey is the importance of allowing God’s voice to speak through me. Only then may I live with true joy.