Since holy scripture is the living word of God, look for those passages, those haunting details of the story that seem to rise up from the page to snare your attention, things you had not noticed before.
-Br. Eldridge Pendleton
Ernest Ranglin – Ala Walee
Guitar virtuoso Ernest Ranglin has been a force in Carribean music for decades. This track finds him playing with musicians from Senegal. I thought of his delicate yet commanding and captivating playing as soon as I read this meditation. I’ve come to realize in recent years that life experience opens up whole new understandings of the scriptures. Taking them literally for the meaning they are intended to convey, not in a degrading argumentative battle of did this or could this possibly happen, life lessons are revealed to me. It helps to have good teachers explain not only a given passage, but also to teach how to understand what is being conveyed so I can and interpret myself. But these passages will transform as I do. The same passages will hold a different lesson at different stages of life. I see music as a parallel in this concept. When I first hear of Ernest Ranglin, I was digging into African and Carribean music. I was learning about Soca, Zouk, and Soukous. The more I listened, the more my ears began picking up more nuances and the music came more fully alive. Even my body learned to move more adroitly to the muisc. Our beings do this same thing when we engage in prayer. We become more aware, more balanced, more dextrous. And more complete.