Grace Like Music

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God’s grace is like music. It is for those who can hear and feel it. It can be enjoyed by all regardless of creed or dogma.

But there are some who for whatever reason do not feel it, see it or attend on it. I know some who feel nothing before an awe inspiring scene of sea, water and mountains. There are some who are tone deaf to life and seem deaf to grace. Pity them, the spiritually dead, the aesthetically insensate, and beauty blind as they go through life. Grace is often and everywhere to be seen at times, yet the insensate lack the interiority that responds to it.

Jesus said that the Kingdom of God is within us. He also said, “He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.” (Matthew 11:15) If we look behind, we see consciousness of the Kingdom of God has grown enormously. But there are still the tone deaf, the color blind, the beauty blind, the ones to grace insensate. There is not the call from within that recognizes what is without.

It is not up to us to judge those lacking but to help them as much as they can be helped. We should pity them. And in doing so, leave them to Heaven. The grace conscious few should be kind to what is often a blinded majority. Be patient as the blind and insensate are the barbarians of modern civilization who know not what they do or even have the consciousness they are in God’s world.

The blessed are able to recognize and feel grace around them, things sustaining us with their strength, things supporting us with their beauty. It is up to the blessed to enjoy God as they make the most of living and helping others.

The duty of those blessed enough to see as well as feel the sparks of God and Christ is not to mock the lacking. But we who can see grace and feel it are the fortunate few. We should feel blessed in this. We should be happy in God, avoiding self-righteousness, but enjoying the higher truths that we have had the ears to hear. We should enjoy grace.

Why are there so many who do not hear? That is not for us to say. Our duty is to be true to what we know to be true to us. After all, not by mind or intellect are we saved, not by money, not by power, nor by looking appealing, but by a higher awareness: the consciousness of Christ and of grace, the recognition of redemptive love, the thrill of beauty. By this higher awareness believed and applied are we saved. How and why this is remains a mystery to us. I talk to you as the Apostle admonished in I Corinthians (2:7) “SPEAK THE WISDOM OF GOD IN A MYSTERY.”

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Dr. James MacLeod may be contacted through the Neill Macaulay Foundation.