Writing for five unedited minutes on the prompt “Play” for Five Minute Friday.
When I play my flute, my soul is soothed and I gain peace in God’s presence.
I learned to play the flute in seventh grade, and I continued on all through college. In my challenging high school years, playing my flute was a source of comfort. Each morning band class was the first class of the day, and music sent my spirit to a peaceful place.
I often played in church as well. I played along with my mom on the harp at many services and programs. We played in hospitals and nursing homes at Christmas, making a ministry from music. I loved bringing joy and peace to others by playing my flute.
Even though two decades have passed since I played regularly, I still break out my flute at home from time to time. When I play old hymns, my spirit goes to that special place where only music can take me. Playing the flute soothes me like nothing else.
In the Bible, music was used for soothing. Here’s an example:
Whenever the spirit from God came on Saul, David would take up his lyre and play. Then relief would come to Saul; he would feel better, and the evil spirit would leave him. 1 Samuel 16:23 NIV
Right now I’m busy and burdened and desperate for rest. Maybe it’s time to bring my flute out of hiding and gain some peace through playing music.
Question for reflection:
Are you a musician? How does playing music bring you peace?
If you are not a musician, how does listening to music minister to you?
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