Praising God — Pulling out the Stops!

photo of the console of the organ at the Atlantic City convention hall

photo of the console of the organ at the Atlantic City convention hall

Good Evening, God!

My grandmother was a church organist but her organs were never like this! And in looking up organs and organ stops on the web, I realize that I have only a very tiny grip on how it all works.

Ah, humility! But, I still, want to thank You, God, for the image of an Organ — as contrasted with a Piano.

Years ago — I think it was in a Living the Adventure class at church — we were talking about whether You, God, guide us in our choices.

All of a sudden I had the image of a piano with each key played representing a “choice.” I thought of those piano notes as specific decisions or choices. Most of us have our “play lists” that we default to. But, I do think, God, that sometimes You give us “New Songs” to play.

Then I thought of an organ. It does have keys but it also has something called Stops, which alter and augment the sounds produced.  In church I love it when the organist pulls out the Trumpet stop. It does make my teeth rattle, but I love it!

Ah, God. You have made us with a Praise Stop, and a Rejoicing Stop, a Grateful Stop and many more stops. Those Stops add a Rich Emotional Layer to ordinary “notes” or decisions. And, it seems to me that we designed to use those Trusting Positive Grateful Stops.

Sometimes we have to Hear ourself grieve . . . hear and honor our wounded self suffering . . . before we can even remember we HAVE those stops. But they are always there inside us.

Please, God, help us to remember they are there — and help us use them!

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