Songs in the Key of LOVE
The Lord's Supper.
The Ascension of our Savior into the heavens to sit at the right hand of the Father.
These are the epic moments of our faith where humanity and divinity collide and create the symphony of love that is our salvation.
Welcome to the holy season.
This is the time to consider the lyric of our lives
in relation to the majesty of the Messiah's melody.
Musical artist Stevie Wonder's epic album, "Songs in the Key of Life", is considered one of the greatest contemporary musical works of our time.
But it almost didn't happen.
By 1975, he was so overwhelmed by the weight of American injustice that he was preparing to quit music, move to Ghana, and help disabled children. Only a ground-breaking contract with complete artistic control would keep him in the business, prompting him to create the most acclaimed work of his career. The original working title of the project was, "Let's See Life the Way It Is", which seems to speak of his struggle with the current times. It was only later in a dream that the final title came to him. It became his primary motivation for the project:
For Wonder, the banner was a personal dare to expand his compositional range. “I challenged myself [to write] as many different things as I could, to cover as many topics as I could, in dealing with the title and representing what it was about,” he says in Classic Albums. “The title would give me a challenge, but equally as important as a challenge it would give me an opportunity to express my feelings as a songwriter and as an artist.”
From Rolling Stone's
"Inside Stevie Wonder’s Epic Magnum Opus ‘Songs in the Key of Life"
One sentence speaking volumes.
The Clark sisters say, "Jesus is a love song".
What's your motivation?
What do you say about your Jesus?
The totality of
cannot be summed up in a few words
but if He's ever done anything for you -
anything for you-
then let your heart speak for the One who is with you always.
As a writer, when I did this exercise,
I automatically wanted to expound and elaborate on His goodness,
but this was not the time for that.
Time to keep my love simple, and I encourage you to do the same.
Who is Jesus to you?
What does having Jesus in your life do for you?
Consider the past year compared to the year's prior...
What does sweet Jesus mean to you now?
"Jesus (fill in the blank)."
Mine is "Jesus satisfies my soul".
As we walk the path to Resurrection, that's the space I want to live in.
That's the song I want to sing.
My lyric to His melody.
His satisfying my soul prompts me to help others experience the same.
It has become my motivation.
During this holy season, I encourage you to keep your love simple and create a lyric that speaks to your heart and heaven. Like Stevie, let it be the motivating force prompting you to create something new with God and for God.
You don't have to say a lot of love a lot.
A song in the key of LOVE.
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Look like LOVE.
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Phillipa also the Founder of ilooklikeLOVE, Inc., a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization providing diaper assistance to families in need and opportunities for mothers to empower themselves.
Look for her upcoming book,
GOD n You: Finding Your Place in Forever.