This letter to You may come across as slightly forced or, maybe, manipulated, but it is one I’ve thought about and dismissed many times.
There is much about music that is very spiritual to me, and because it is such an omnipresent gift in my life it becomes a potent metaphor for many things spiritual. Both listening to and performing music is a spiritual experience. Music (not lyrics) is a wordless language that speaks to and expresses man’s soul. It is capable of evoking the gamut of human emotions. As with many of our spiritual endeavors regarding our relationship with You, we experience music that touches us and wepersonalize it and we try to express it in our own way to others.
In another sense, music is like Christianity (or any organized religion): not all who play it make good music. It takes a love, a commitment, and much practice to not only perform good music but to experience it with discernment. I can’t reach out and touch music, but it touches me. Through the diligent, imaginative, and creative use of horns, strings, piano, or drums we move something inside others as something inside us is moved.
In talking about music this way it’s not hard to see the spiritual parallels. In the spiritual life we try to get to a point beyond words. We seek to become one with something inside us that beckons wordlessly. To describe how music touches us helps metaphorically to explain how we are touched by You and stirred to the depths of our being. Yet, like water, wind, and fire it is a spiritual metaphor anchored in the finite existence of worldly life – and so, it limps!