Grace for the friend who talks during the song you asked them to listen to

by Jon Acuff

shut_upI’ve read the Bible. The entire Bible, from “In the Beginning,” to “It’s gonna get crazy up in here!” (Not a direct translation.)

And I’m almost positive that what I’m going to talk about today is not covered anywhere in the text. I say “almost” because it might have been hidden in a bag of “begets,” e.g. “Obadiah beget Hebekiah beget …” If it was, I might have missed it.

But I’m pretty sure the Bible doesn’t directly address how we should show grace to a friend who talks during the song you asked them to listen to.

Has this ever happened to you?

You hear a song that you think is amazing. It’s almost like they wrote the song specifically for you. The lyrics tumble out like a mason jar of marbles down the stairs. Birds clap their tiny wings in appreciation when they hear it wafting out of your open car windows. This is a song to end all songs.

So you, being the generous sort, decide to share it with a friend. You’re a giver. That’s what you do. While at a stoplight or running an errand with a friend across town, you turn the song on for them. But you don’t just turn it on, you give a short monologue about what the song means to you first. You explain the nuances, the hidden instruments that are going to spring forth like an unexpected bit of cilantro or caper in a pasta dish…

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