Singing the winter blues away

Faith column by Pastor Murray Wittke

It’s the same every year. Late in the fall when colour withers, drops from the branch and lies rotting on the ground; when songbirds are silent, skies overcast and winds blow cold; when wetlands freeze and snow descends the mountainsides the winter blues pay me a visit. While others eagerly anticipate winter’s arrival and can’t wait for ski hills to open, all I want to do is hide in the basement, eat junk food and watch Netflix. As days grow colder and daylight disappears it’s all I can do to get off the couch and go outside for a walk. I stay up late staring into the darkness and in the morning don’t want to get out of bed. Every hour of every day is tinged with a dark blue hue.

But this year is different. The last few months light has poured down on me and pooled in my heart. I’m all bright and sunny on the inside. In Bruce Cockburn’s words “My musical friends are keeping me happy.” This fall has overflowed with music; Gospel, Country, Blue Grass, Jazz Standards, Folk and Classic Rock n Roll. I’ve been laughing and singing, picking and grinning with my musical friends from Spillimacheen to Canal Flats. My bass guitar and I have played in basements, a garage, a café, a pub, a rec centre, a church and a seniors’ home. I’ve played until my fingers hurt and voice was hoarse. I hum everywhere I go. I’ve even picked up my harmonica again. Music is blowing my winter blues away.

Music is a gift from heaven, the Bible tells me so. “Every desirable and beneficial gift comes out of heaven. The gifts are rivers of light cascading down from the Father of Light.” God’s gift of music shines like the sun even on those dwelling in darkness, encouraging, comforting and connecting us with others. His gift is for everyone. If your days are dark and gloomy open your heart to heaven and receive God’s gift. Go ahead and crank up the tunes, let music move you, feel the joy rising inside and sing your winter blues away.

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