I’m watching Adele at the 2017 Grammys, and she is starting a heartfelt musical tribute to George Michael, the singer who died last year. The arrangement starts with only a piano note and she can’t find the key. She keeps trying but it just will not come. So she stops the song, is obviously shaken, says she doesn’t want to ruin the important moment of remembering someone she loved, and begs the musicians to start over. They do. She finds her note. She finishes the song.
People will do the hateful thing and complain about the mistake. Some will even make fun of her. They will be people who have never put themselves out there, never taken the risk, never gotten up after the fall and risen strong (as Brene’ Brown teaches).
Here is what I want to say about that. Tonight I watched Adele show the tremendous courage to be imperfect before millions of people, and start again, for the sake of love.
Adele is one of the most powerful singers of our day. She has achieved tremendous fame recently, and for good reason, but she is a human. She was obviously cut to the heart by not being able to hear that key. She had every reason to just quit and walk off the stage. But she would not stop. She started again, and finished the job through her emotional pain and tears, for love.
May we support our sister in this moment by sending her love, affirming her courage, and praying that she will be filled and renewed by the grace that says, “We love you just the way you are.” We can be vehicles of the Great Love and send that love to a superstar who is also a human being. Join me will you?