for your weekend april

Sometimes we get to see, know, and hear right away. The answers make sense, it all works out, and our hearts feel light as we celebrate over dinner.

Other times, though, we walk around with arms stretched out in front, feeling our way through the darkness. We have no answers, nothing works out, and our hearts are heavy with the burden of sorrow.

If the unknowing is bending your waiting into questions or the quiet into fear, may Christ be near to your broken heart today. May he show himself in a way you’ve not yet seen and offer comfort in a way you may not have noticed this time last week.

Enjoy your weekend, friends. Here are a few things that might make it better:

The Quiet Revolution – This is a website co-founded by Susan Cain, author of the book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking (my personal favorite tagline ever written). The site hasn’t officially launched yet, but they have an active Facebook page and I dig what they’re doing.

The Gray Havens – Lately I can’t get enough of these two. I keep linking to Far Kingdom (one of my favorite tunes on their album) but y’all. They are giving away two of their albums for free until midnight Sunday. They said to share the link so I’m sharing the link. Download them now. You’re welcome, you’re welcome.

Songs in the Night – Speaking of music I’m into, this seven song album is stunning, written by local artist and musician Michael Van Patter. He is our worship pastor and friend at our church here in Greensboro. Writing these songs while his young son went through cancer treatment, Michael says this about them: “This is an album borne of long nights, impossible questions, fear, waiting, and hope. These are songs for the brokenhearted.”