Karen Booker: September 2015
When you read this, Rob and I will have spent a few days in Edinburgh: at this year's Festival Fringe.
One of the events we shall attend is BOOKENDS, a duo we have already enjoyed at the Phoenix Theatre in Bordon, performing the music of Simon and Garfunkel. The poetry of the lyrics has stayed with me since I was 17!
This one resonated:
He was a most peculiar man
That's what Mrs Riordan says, and she should know, she lived upstairs from him.
She said he was a most peculiar man.
He lived all alone within a house, within a room, within himself.
He was a most peculiar man.
He had no friends, he seldom spoke, and no one in turn ever spoke to him,
'Cause he wasn't friendly and he didn't care and he wasn't like them.
He was a most peculiar man.
He died last Saturday.
He turned on the gas and he went to sleep
With the windows closed so he'd never wake up
To this silent world and his empty room
And Mrs Riordan says he has a brother somewhere who should be notified soon.
And all the people said, "What a shame that he's dead,
But wasn't he a most peculiar man?"
Paul Simon wrote this while living in London, after reading a newspaper article about a man who had committed suicide. He said, "Four lines in a little black box — a very bad eulogy."
Hearing the song afresh, the pivotal word for me is "but".....
We can always find a "but" to hold us back from speaking, helping, giving of ourselves. What is your "but" of the day?
As Church Family Visitors we each have a small group for whom we have committed to pray, take an interest in and look out for.
Jesus gave his life for each of us, without ever a "but" to flounder God's will.
May we follow Him.
Karen L Booker (Pastoral Assistant @ AMC)
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