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From Debbie…

“I almost never listen to worship songs or so-called Christian music. I occasionally like to play good old meaty hymns on the piano. But really I like it when Love appears in everyday stuff, and in everyday music.

Some years ago, in my late 20s, I was very poorly. I found it hard to leave the house and didn’t like to be alone without a family member. I was in the sticky, tar-like grip of depression brought on by an anxiety disorder that I still work with and am treated for everyday.

A few years in to this my brother shared a song with me that really helped. My grandad who I never met, loved folk music and many of our family are folkies – we love song, words, history and guts. If you know me, you know that I am a marker of the seasons and a nature lover. I am a noticer and a lover of metaphor.

This is a simple song about getting through the winter. Or getting through our winters (link below):

‘the rain and the gales,

the frost and the hail,

the hard, biting nails of winter.’

It’s about the promise of Spring.

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I made my first ever piece of graffiti in March (and sweated all evening that I would get found out and arrested). It says ‘this too shall pass.’ A meaningless platitude to many, perhaps, but a truth that keeps me going through most feelings and thoughts. Joys and sorrows, thoughts and feelings, winters and springs will pass. ‘And these three remain, faith, hope and love. And the greatest of these is Love.’ 1 Cor 13:13

Love is the promise.

HOLD FAST.

‘I promise you, light returning.

I promise you, hope reborn.

I promise you, gentle mornings.

I promise you, new dawn.’