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!