To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion; to be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not, rich; to listen to stars and birds, babes and sages, with open heart; to study hard; to think quietly, act frankly, talk gently, await occasions, hurry never; in a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common--this is my symphony.
~William Henry Channing

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Parts of a Whole

Do you realize that there are only 26 letters in the alphabet? Of course you do...but do you realize that all the various combinations of said 26 letters gives us almost 1 million words in the English language? The average vocabulary in Elizabethan times was 500 words but Shakespeare is credited with coining at least 1700 words and phrases.
Do you know that there are only seven music notes? They may be played in different keys, with different timing on different instruments but still the notes are A, B, C, D, E, F & G. Yet, Mozart wrote 625 pieces of music during his lifetime. Beethoven wrote 158 piano pieces alone. Vivaldi composed over 800 musical pieces.
Can you just imagine what is to be gained if we realized...embraced...and lived...the concept Paul talks about in I Corinthians...specifically chapter twelve... " But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. If all were a single member, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, yet one body."
The letter "a" doesn't really say much on it's own but combined with various other letters you can pen a literary classic. Play the "C" note over and over again and someone is bound to smack you upside the head until you stop but place it amongst other notes and you get a symphony.
The parts aren't unimportant...but they certainly don't mean as much as when something...Someone...greater than they puts them together. Can you imagine our worship if we worshipped in the full knowledge of the body as a whole rather than just a member? Our service to our King and each other as a body instead of individually? It boggles the mind...at least my mind.
"Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of your speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another." Ephesians 4:25
I wonder if the falsehood is the idea of individualism?

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi Marty!
You forgot the "G" note.
And yes, it does boddle ones mind to think of all the beautiful songs that come from those notes.
And it's the Awesome Creator that gives the gift to make the music.
that's another mind boggling thought.
Wonderful thoughts,
Wanda

Anonymous said...

Oops! I meant boggle.

Marty said...

Thanks Wanda...it is corrected now :-)