Posted by: pastordarren | February 16, 2013

Lent and New Guitar Strings

20130216_173439For those who play guitar or another string instrument, you will know what I mean when I say, “There is nothing like the feel and sound of new strings when you play.” Especially when they need changed badly.

I finally took (made) the time to change mine this afternoon and while changing the strings, began to think of the similarities with the season of Lent.

When you haven’t changed your strings in a while, they get grimy, dull, and even rusty.  The sound that comes from the instrument is directly affected by the condition of the strings.  When the strings are old and dull, the sound is dull and lifeless.  Many times you can’t even fix it with a lot of processing and effects, you can still tell the strings are old.  The new strings are bright, responsive and sound great with lots of tone and better harmonics.

Lent is much like that.

When we truly enter the season of Lent and not just coast through with a passing thought, then we are changed and are given new life.  We may enter this season feeling very tired, lifeless and feeling like there is something missing in our relationship and walk with God.  Lent allows us to take the time to stop and allow the Spirit to search our hearts and minds to show us where we have allowed the things of this world to intrude in our lives.  Psalm 139:23-24 remind us of this:  “Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.  See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”

We get the opportunity to get rid of the old, the dull, and the things that drain life from us; to take a new route that is full of joy, newness, love and grace.  The journey of Lent that will end at the empty tomb is a journey from the old, lifelessness to the new life in God.  Sure, there are struggles and stretches along the way (just like stretching the guitar strings), but in doing so, we will learn to walk in tune with our God.


  1. Thanks Darren for the insightfull connection betweeen the two. Preparing to make the changes away from dull and lifeless to filled with newness, love and grace.

  2. Hi Charlie An excellent and very good article. Really am impressed with how sharp our kids are. Must come from their mother’s side. Take care; will talk to you later. Love you lots!!!!!

    Dad and Mom

    Sent from my iPod

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