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“I Believe In The Good Things Coming…”

I believe in the good things coming…

This week, as I have been trying to simply be present and endure the COVID induced haze of ridiculous tiredness and lack of ability to focus, God brought across my path the music of Nakho and Medicine for the People (thanks, Jenny Blake at Pivot podcast for the interview!), and like so many that apparently have come before me, have latched on to his alternative blend of music, especially, “Black as Night.”

Nahko is an Oregon-native born of a mix of Puerto Rican, Native American, and Filipino bloodlines, and considers himself a citizen in service to the planet. Disillusioned by the world around him and inspired by vagabond, Americana musicians and storytellers like Conor Oberst and Bob Dylan, Nahko left home as a teenager in search of adventure and self discovery. Armed with stories, a guitar, and a fierce set of ideals, he set out to bridge the cultural gaps dividing his own psyche. He began producing a public, musical journal of his journey toward personal, spiritual, and social healing, and thus Medicine for the People was born.

I believe in the good things coming…

The lyrics from Nakho’s song “Black as Night” give voice to the great hope and faith that I have for our world as well.

The main refrain, “I believe in the good things coming…” echoes the message I have been striving to share with others since our world became engulfed in the COVID pandemic, and especially now as societal, racial, ethnic and economic tensions have flared again into flames in our midst.

I believe in the good things coming…

Yet what has become apparent to me over the last few months, but particularly in the last couple of weeks, is that our focus, clarity and approach to life needs to be similar to the attitude that I have had to cultivate and strengthen to get through COVID.

To persevere and believe in the good things coming.

For we always have a choice.

We have a choice to use our freedom for our own selfish desires or for love of others.

I believe in the good things coming…

We can choose to look at others as our enemies or as our brothers and sisters.

I believe in the good things coming…

We can choose to shout at the top of our lungs and drown one another out, or we can listen, learn and love.

I believe in the good things coming…

We can refuse to tolerate things we do not like, reject anything we do not choose, rail against things we can not change, and fail to seek to understand. Or we can say yes to making each and every sacrifice placed before us as we continue to will the best for others in all our thoughts, words and actions.

I believe in the good things coming…

For me, although I do not like it, did not choose it, cannot change it, and do not understand it, I choose to say yes to the moment before me.

I believe in the good things coming…

And it’s all because I know without a doubt whose I am, and who, what and where my Beloved has created me to be—a unique and unrepeatable saint who is witness to His love and mercy in the world.

I believe in the good things coming…

Do you?

Christina Semmens is a Roman Catholic author, speaker, and coach and host of the Say Yes to Holiness podcast. She currently lives in Fort Payne, Alabama where she strives to live out a life of authentic discipleship in the pursuit of holiness while empowering, teaching and accompanying others in striving to do the same.

If you want to listen to Nakho’s song, “Black as Night”, you can check out the official YouTube music video here

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