Frames — Continued

Musicians use time to frame. Listen to note after note, listen to the silences. “Listen, the composer cries out, to the scrape of  the bow and to the rush of breath through reed and brass.” Musicians also beg that we, “pay  attention.” We listen to the sounds of the earth, as Mother Nature frames its majesty and mystery.  She teaches us our own music, even our own silences. Great orators uses pauses, silence, and repetition to “frame” their word’s importance and to draw attention to their message. Art teaches us by framing to stop, look, and listen to life, including our lives, as vastly richer, deeper, and more mysterious than it ever occurs to us to imagine.

 Jesus also frames the issue for us. He calls on us to simply love God and love our neighbor. In a sense he is telling us to pay attention to our surroundings. If we are to  love God we must look and listen for him in what is happening around us and inside us. If we are to love our neighbor we must first see our neighbor. With our eyes and our imagination we must see not just their faces, but their life behind and within. We are called to use a special frame to see God and our neighbor and that frame is called “love.”

About the author

Webb Hubbell, former Associate Attorney General of The United States, is an author and speaker. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, A Game of Inches, The Eighteenth Green, and The East End are published by Beaufort Books and are available online or at your local bookstore. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps and The Eighteenth Green won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller.

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