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STROKING THE DOVE (guest post by John Nuttall, arising out of my last post about corporate worship.)

May 14, 2018

 

STROKING THE DOVE

 

The band played out their hearts
Impassioned loud and long
Inviting and invoking God
To be present in the song.

 

The pattern long established
And followed religiously
Several loud and fast
To get us in
Then several much slower
To lay the platform for God’s entering.

 

But try as I might
I found it hard to sense Him.

 

Then after what seemed an age
Song after song and sounding gong
The band began to leave the stage
And settle with the people long forgotten 
To some applause and accolades
Perhaps a good time for the offering to be taken.

 

Then gradually I heard a sound come floating on the stifled air
A little child had found an instrument that she could blow
A harmonica to make a sound
So gentle
So beautiful
So peaceful
She blew in single notes
A tuneless offering
Yet in the isolation of the sound
A Single voice so haunting.

 

I stood before the people
And finger to my lips
I motioned for them to be still
To stop and listen to the sound
Without giving attention
To the child

 

Full minutes passed as she played note after note
As she stroked the dove
Gently being
Sensitively breathing
In her own world of exploring.

 

And in these moments Holy Spirit flew
God walked among us
To show us through the child
If we have ears to hear
And eyes to see
Simplicity
Sensitivity
Anonymity.

 

Non-complexity
And absence of sophisticated artistry
Will often bring Him close

 

And now will we begin to see
Harmonicas given to the team?
To replicate what they had seen 
All sense and sensitivity
Lost 
As Father smiles
His smile of love
As we try to catch 
And stroke the dove.

 

John Nuttall

 

I recommend that you look at John's website which is here.

 

 

 

 

 

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