The Comfort of Music

Music has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. Even before I started piano lessons at age six, the sound of music filled our home constantly. When spending an evening, or a Sunday afternoon at home, the record-player filled the house with beautiful classical music. Besides that, Daddy played the trombone, Mom the cornet, and both sang. As my own voice developed, by age twelve I was singing duets with Mom.

These days, spending the majority of my time at the computer, writing, it has become my custom to listen to music on my computer through Pandora. All instrumental so as not to distract me with vocals, yet I still find myself keeping time to the music. My listening taste is eclectic.

So is it any wonder why songs & music are such an integral part of my life, why when something troubles me, or life challenges me, that I think of some particular song–or songs? There’s always one there, whether it be a hymn, a Sunday School chorus from my childhood, something classical, or even pop music…no matter the circumstances.

This past week, life dealt me a blow that almost crippled me, shattered my heart, challenged my faith, and left me reeling. As I absorbed the enormity of it, two songs instantly came to mind…from the Pop world:

Elvis’ This Time, Lord, You Gave Me a Mountain, (anyone remember that one?), and the BeeGees’ How Do You Mend a Broken Heart? Though their context is entirely different, those titles seemed appropriate for what I was facing.

I was knocked down and out, nowhere to go but to the Lord, on my knees.

Lord, I can’t fix this, though I long to make it all go away, nor can I bear it alone. Forgive me for any part I may have played in this. No! Change that to any part I know I played in this through the mistakes I’ve made in the past.

Then, two other songs sounded in my heart, hymns this time: I Surrender All, and Great is
Thy Faithfulness.

After that, a peaceful calm settled over me, and I knew this situation was now out of my control, and under God’s, where it belongs.

Peg Phifer About Peg Phifer

Multi-published author Peggy Blann Phifer writes a mixture of contemporary women’s fiction with three parts suspense, three parts mystery, and four parts romance, stirred up with a sprinkling of humor. Peg believes God has a sense of humor and that He intended to place laughter into our lives no matter our circumstances. Read more on her website.


  1. Update: That situation I mentioned above? It has been resolved in a way only God could orchestrate. Praise Him from Whom all blessings flow!

  2. Isn’t it great that God can use anything, even a BeeGees song, to get his message to us.

  3. Amen, Lisa! And Elvis, too 🙂

  4. I’m with you. Music soothes the soul like nothing else. this morning I listened to Josh Groban’s You Raise Me Up and was blessed too!

  5. Oh, my, Jude, I love that song, especially Josh Groban’s rendition. And it is a blessing to me, as well. Thanks for leaving a comment.

  6. Janet K Brown (@janetkbrowntx) says:

    I love that Elvis song “This time you gave me a mountain.” Music ministers to us when nothing else can. Praying for you, my friend.

  7. Hi, Janet, thanks for your comments. Yes. apart from my faith in God, music is one of the mainstays of my life. I write to it, work to it…if I don’t have some sort of music going, the house feels empty 🙂

  8. Laurie Driesen says:

    Peg- I’m glad to hear the situation was resolved. Music speaks to my soul too- I love listening to Christian inspirational music and even though I can’t sing – I sing my heart out anyway!

  9. Hi, Laurie. It was resolved over and beyond my wildest dreams or expectations. God has a way of doing that, doesn’t he? As for music, you should have seen the looks I got during my commutes back and fort th work doing that exact same thing! Priceless. And right now, I’m listening to the theem from “Somewhere in Yime” as played by John Tesh. Beautiful, and haunting.

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