As I look at those who raise their hands in worship in a church, temple or masjid, I realize for me my soul lifts up in praise to my Maker and Creator at other moments!
I saw so much of this ecstatic worship within me, as I sang with and listened to an orchestra last week, with players from all over the world! As orchestra, and singers and ballerinas sang and played and danced on stage, I heard my soul whispering, “Bob, these are windows to heaven!”
Indeed, they were.
My soul lifts up in worship, when I see a beautiful painting. “How?” I ask myself, “Could there be a work so divine?” And the answer comes from above, “I opened a window!”
So, also a lovely garden, or a still lake, or a majestic mountain, all revealing beauty and grandeur, and giving us a glimpse through a window, of a life of eternity waiting for us, seeped in loveliness!
And then I open the papers, click the TV on, and hear the ghastly word, “Rape!”
From the highest peak of beauty, I stare at the lowest cesspool of grime, filth and dirt!
As much as the fingers can wield a paint brush to produce a work of art, or write a book, as much as those hands can plant a wonderful garden or landscape a beautiful scene, so also can those same hands, abuse, assault and attack, brutally, ruthlessly and violently!
“How?” I ask myself.
And the answer is, what are we as a people opening: Windows to heaven, or a trapdoor to the darkness below?
When there is compassion, kindness and love flowing from us, not just to our near and dear ones, but even to those of another faith, nationality or colour, then you sit on a sill of a window to heaven!
But when we spread hate, subtly bring about division, and turn a blind eye to injustice, then we know the trapdoor to darkness is being nudged open, inch by inch.
I see frenzied reactions to the rape in Andhra, and hear loud suggestions, some bizarre, and feel like crying, “It is not the work of a few rapists, no, but each of us, who instead of taking the brush, waving the baton, or a wielding a gardeners spade to create lofty beauty, have fallen prey to being openers of the trapdoor, and letting evil in!
God, beckons us back to beauty, a beauty that lifts our souls in worship, our hearts in compassion and love and our minds for justice! A window of heavenly music, a lovely painting, a beautiful book!
But move! Quickly move away from the evil that sucks you below, from those who have allowed our nation to slide into this sludge, slime and squalor and lift yourselves up to yon window of true beauty..!(Published on 09th December 2019, Volume XXXI, Issue 50)