by Michael S. Tyrrell
March 31, 2020
Love to all my sequestered Wholetonians!
Welcome to this week’s edition of “The Stir-Crazy Gazette!” By now, you have probably gorged on your emergency snacks, caught up on your sleep, cleaned up dog poo, and memorized all of the theme songs from your children’s favorite television shows! But all kidding aside (or at least, some of it!), in the midst of the unknown, the uncomfortable, and the understandable frustration, there is something so rare, so priceless, and wonderful, a blessing in disguise…it’s called… time. Time to love, time to heal, time to create, time to recharge, and time to enjoy your family. We always say “I don’t have time.” Now, we have all the time we need.
The entire world is held in check by an invisible enemy. There is a dark shadow of fear that has permeated our normal way of life. However, we can, (and we will) get through this storm together. Storms are seasonal, they come, and then they abate, the sun suddenly bursts through the clouds and the darkness is swallowed up by light. Faith empowers us to live in the light, even in the darkest hour.
I recall a particular business flight I was on that was extremely rough. Black storm clouds caused intense turbulence; it felt as if the plane was going to shake apart. Then suddenly, without warning, the pilot abruptly changed altitude by climbing 10,000 feet higher. As we broke through the thick black cloud cover, blue skies appeared, the turbulence stopped, and the sun was shining so brightly through my window, I had to lower the shade! The light (sun) was shining all along, but until we broke through the storm, we couldn’t see it.
May you “break through,” your storm today.
As you know, light is frequency, photonic energy essential to all living things. Darkness is the absence of light, and thus, it cannot sustain life.
Genesis 1: 3-5, And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.”
This passage is regarding day 1 of the 6 days of creation. Now here’s where it gets interesting… God did not create the sun, moon, and the stars until day 4! Where did the light on day 1 originate?
1 John 1: 5-7, Living in the Light
This is the message we heard from Jesus and now declare to you: God is light, and there is no darkness in him at all. So we are lying if we say we have fellowship with God but go on living in spiritual darkness; we are not practicing the truth. But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin.
Dear friends, I am not focused on the darkness of our current time. Instead, I am focused on God. I am not wasting the gift of time I have been given during this season. Instead of traveling, I am spending time with my wife, writing songs, working on the next two Wholetones projects, (Christmas Volume 2 and Wholetones Hymns). I am starting weekly Facebook “live” encouraging broadcasts that you can watch on the Wholetones Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/wholetonesmusic). In short, I am enjoying my life…immensely! And I am challenging you to do the same! It’s the difficult times that reveal what we’re really made of. This will be over soon, so make the most of this splendid isolation while you can, and before you know it, you’ll be so busy that you’ll wish you has used this time more wisely. Until next week…
Be Whole, and let there be light!
Michael S. Tyrrell
If you haven’t seen my special page where I give away two free full-length Wholetones songs of peace, relaxation and sleep, please check it out now at https://home.wholetones.com/wholetones-love/?affid=320541&subid=love1 . And more importantly, please be the Light and share that page with everyone you know!