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Playing Piano For Jesus

January 20, 2023

Given and me

A few months ago, an article on Facebook asked, “Why Is the Church Going Dark?” The main gist was about how santuaries have become dimly lit with no windows.

One woman commented, “The people in front want attention.”

Another woman replied, “Performers on a stage. Lifting themselves up instead of Jesus….”

I can’t speak for other musicians in worship ministry. I know I’m not up there for attention, even though I get it (in a bad way). For example, I had the sweetest woman come up to me around Christmastime after one of the church services and ask why I wasn’t smiling while I played. I thought she was teasing me, because of what I wrote a year ago.

I don’t know why my exuberance inside doesn’t translate to my face.

While I’m not a performer, I do know how to play the piano. That talent came from God, and He tells me to use it.

One thing’s for sure: while people argue about church lighting, I’m going to continue to get my butt up on that stage and do my best—playing piano and singing backup—with the rest of the band.

Together, with our various gifts, we’re going to point people toward Jesus.

About Marie de Haan

Marie is a gifted pianist, playing since the age of nine. As a teenager, she composed mainly instrumental piano music. She released her powerful debut single, “I Am Broken,” on October 22, 2020, a song whose creation drew heavily upon the trauma she endured as a victim of childhood sexual abuse. Marie held a benefit concert on September 10, 2021, in Skagit County. A portion of the proceeds went to CrossRoads Youth Ranch; this local organization—through equine therapy—empowers “at-risk and sexually exploited youth to heal, grow, and thrive.” She has continued to write music: Christian, folk, and country. Marie loves hiking, gardening, and photography. The Pacific Northwest—where she lives with her husband—is the backdrop for her favorite activities.