I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty well over New Year’s Resolutions. So, as I sat pondering this lack of resolution to tackle resolutions, I stumbled upon another, less used meaning of the word.

In the language of music, resolution refers to “the process in harmony whereby a dissonant note or chord is followed by a consonant one” (Thank you, Word English Dictionary).

Hello.  I can get into this sort of resolution.

If dissonance is a state of unrest or tension, and consonance is the resolving of that tension with rest and harmony, yes! More consonance in 2014 please!

And then a second epiphany about knocked me out of my chair. The resolving of tension with harmony? This is the good news of the gospel. This is why I choose to follow Christ, though the way be messy and muddled at times. He is the Great Resolver, and if He is God as He claims to be, then God is the Great Resolver of us all. He offers this outlandish resolution to my sin, my brokenness: “He who knew no sin became sin, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.” (2 Corinthians 5:21)

Hard to believe? Maybe.

But that desire for resolution that echoes through our existence, from ears to mind to heart, from day to day, and beginning to end? It is a gift. It is a God-given gift that propels us to wonder, to wrestle, to receive, and to wait for all dissonance to resolve into consonance somewhere, in His appointed Some Day.

We were made for resolution. We were made for harmony. And the good news is, it is offered. Redemption was the most needed, least foreseeable resolution of them all.



Here’s to Resolutions…

Not the sort

That require a list

And a whole lot of willpower,

No, not that sort.


Here’s to Resolutions

As in

Consonance relieving the dissonance,

Consonance overtaking dissonance…


Would that sort of Resolution not look and sound like:

Healing, tending and mending brokenness,

Love covering a multitude of sins,

Laughter easing mourning’s sting,

Abundance meeting scarcity’s need,

Miraculous transforming the commonplace,

Hope reclaiming the heart from despair,

Peace extinguishing flames of impatience,

Grace filling in the many gaps,

And gratitude leaving no thanks left unsaid?


Is this sort of Resolution not the sort

We were designed and destined for?

Praise be to God
The Incongruous, Incomparable

Resolver of Us All.





December 31, 2013

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2 Responses to Resolution

  1. tjpete2013 says:

    Here’s to a consonant 2014. One of your best ever. Love it. Don’t quit.

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