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Topic: Truth or Dare (08/28/08)
TITLE: It Just Can't Be--Or Can It?
By Teresa Hollums
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There once was a dare issued by the leaders of planet Earth. The edict dared each part of Earth to finally write a beautiful melody that would show the greatness of their world. Everyone agreed on the basic purpose—but the melody and its pieces written by each part seemed to only clash with one another.
“I am new, powerful, and beautiful,” seemed to be the words given by a New Age melody hammered out by the United States.
“How powerful?” squeaked the mouse-like sound with its oboe repeated over and over-challenging the boast. And several other tiny countries inserted their countermelody.
“Who’s beautiful?” questioned the high flute-like melody as it wafted enticingly from the islands of waving palms and majestic volcanic mountains.
“I am old and wise, listen to me.” hauntingly came the deep melodic reverberations of the European continent.
“And surely everyone can hear me,” blared the trumpets of the thousand voices of China, the largest country in the world.
“No, No,--No—I am here too!” came a slow, insistent tenor sax of the African continent.
“We are here, too, no one must forget about us,” joined in the wave-like forces of nature.
“We are life, too,” hummed the animals and the plants of the Earth adding their necessary key to keep something of a melody.
The sounds were not a melody. No one really listening on Earth could find any melody in the piece as it blared out. Everyone wanted to cover their ears and or just add their own special filters to hear only their country’s part. The sound was relentlessly and offensively grating to all.
And the sound floated inharmoniously out to space—carrying its nerve-grating message with no focus and no purpose.
A satellite controlled by God received all the piercingly hurtful music of discord. Then took them all in. God sorted the sounds. God gave each person a better hearing aid. God folded the music into a single chord. He took the pieces of strife and selfishness and wrote his own melody.
“Listen! Be still and listen.” God says back to his people.
And---are you listening?
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