Coming Clean Pt. 3

Coming Clean Pt. 3

What does it mean to walk in holiness and not be Pharisaical in the process? It must be possible because The Lord has commanded it of us. There is an interesting passage in Luke 11:34-36. Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eyes are healthy, your whole body also is full of light. But when they are unhealthy, your body also is full of darkness. See to it, then, that the light within you is not darkness. Therefore, if your whole body is full of light, and no part of it dark, it will be just as full of light as when a lamp shines its light on you.

There are two parts of this which stand out to me. First, “See to it.” This is a clear directive about something we are to do, an action we are responsible for. It is not sufficient to pray that God do it. “See to it!” means it is something which demands our attention. Clearly His objective is that we should each be full of light. Light carriers, light bearers, light shiners. But getting there is something we must tend to.

Second, we usually read “If your whole body is full of light, it will be just as full of light as when a lamp shines its light on you.” But wait. There is that little phrase between commas which is usually not noticed: “and no part of it dark.”


This means that part of our being can have light within, but there may be places still in darkness, where the light does not shine. It is as if I invite you into my great room, even the guest bedroom and bath – just don’t go down the hall to the laundry. There may be dragons and beasties in there. Yet that is the very place where Jesus wants us to “see to it.” Jesus wants access with His light to the whole house.

We have to have healthy eyes in order to “See to it,” for when they are unhealthy our whole body will be full of darkness. To have healthy eyes means being willing and able to recognize that which defiles us and keeps us unclean. Perhaps this is why the Lord says “I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness, and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see. Rev.3:18 In every part of this verse reliance on the Holy Spirit is essential; to become like gold, and to receive a robe of righteousness, and finally to see ourselves clearly are all a part of his work in us. We are never self-made men in the kingdom. At the same time, our desire, cooperation and obedience are necessary to see any change come about in us.

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Sounds of the Heavens

I wrote this some time ago without Christmas in mind, 
but believe it is appropriate for the season.

 

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Sounds of the heavens

Wave across eternity

And emptiness of space –

Vibrations of steady beat

Pulsating in time,

Light slowed in pace

To hum from spheres

Across years.

 

Now a baby’s cries

Move through walls and hearts to sing,

Vibrations set up

From light to light

Where once no sound was.

 

Welcome, child.  Do you know

Your voice is a small refection

Of the sound of the eternal cosmos?

 

Do you know you are in the Image,

Sound and all, of the Living Word?

Cry out, oh child, and join

The Music of the spheres,

Life to everlasting Life.

 

 

To God Be the Glory

Yesterday I was bathed in Bach. For two glorious hours a Bach Organ Marathon was held in a local church built much like a mini cathedral. Structured to direct one’s vision upward to lofty ceilings (I know there is a better word for this) of deep coral traced with gold, the nave conveyed the grandeur of God. On either side of the center aisle, flanking the altar, stood banks of pipes waiting to be given voice by the Moller organ console placed between them for this event.

Seasoned organists, and those in training–nine in all–participated. One of them called the organ the king of instruments, and as the afternoon progressed, there could be no disputing that statement. The intricacies of note, tone, color, depth, breadth, vibration, thunder and wonder poured out from the chancel to the pews. Completely surrounded and penetrated by the weavings and inter-weavings of Bach’s music I soared and dove, losing my earth-bound self to his musical genius.

At one point, (was it the Prelude and Fugue in C minor?) thoughts and ideas came so fast I had to jot them hurriedly on my purse note pad….

As patterns of sound weave and interweave throughout my being, they expand my very core and essence. All sound derives from God who is Himself “The Word.” There can be nothing outside of God and therefore this music as written for His glory is in some way an expression of Him, as is all nature. The unique patterns of notes are a particular expression of God — as is each flower, each person.
There is no arrangement of sound/music/notes which can be outside of God. There can be, however, a contamination and distortion introduced which defiles rather than enlarge and bless the soul.

Then I began to ponder about sound being a slowed down form of light and God’s self description of being Light and the source of light. Physicists tell us that light is unique in that the speed is constant, always and ever constant, the one unchangeable factor in all creation. Hmm, God is unchanging. Scientists also say that another distinctive of light is that it is both wave, and particle. It is always in motion (the wave) and can be measured in one segment (the particle.) Hmm. God is in constant motion, everywhere at once, and at the same time is particular to each part, each person of His creation. Staggering!

So enveloped in a cascade of melody, point and counterpoint, I was experiencing a
a different and freah expression of God himself.
As Bach wrote at the bottom of each of his compositions, Soli Deo Gloria: Glory to God Alone