North Highland United Methodist Church
Monday, May 17, 2021
Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors

April 2014

Perhaps, because of our upcoming rummage sale, I have been
remembering my aunt who many times referred to Fibber
McGee’s closet. Because it was before my time, those words never really meant much to me, so one day I looked it up on the ever-handy tool of Google. And there it was—a picture of the infamous closet. But as I read, I discovered that because Fibber McGee was a show from the radio broadcast era, alas there was no actual bursting forth of anything from the closet—it was all done by a sound-effects duo. Though it was common vernacular for years, that closet full of clutter was only noise.
Perhaps we most often equate clutter to the tangible “stuff” that we collect or find piled up around us. But what about all of that noise that gets intermixed with those things that we most want to or most need to hear in life. We are bombarded with news hype designed to sell sponsorships, Hollywood traumas, and one advertisement after another, all mixed in with the many things of life which actually do require our listening ear. I know that some concentrate best in total silence while others need some sort of background noise. Yet it is probably safe to say that all of our spirits could use at least periodic breaks from all of the clutter of noises in our lives.
In First Corinthians Paul touches on this kind of noisy clutter when he writes:
If I speak in tongues of human beings and of angels but I don’t have love,
I’m a clanging gong or a clashing cymbal.
These words beg questions concerning whether we are contributing more “noise” in an already polluted world, or are we contributing genuine care, understanding and concern with our own lives, words and actions. If we only talk about church rather than BE the church, we may be like that clanging gong; if we argue and push political or theological agendas rather than really caring about the other person, we are at risk of becoming a clashing cymbal.
As we continue our Lenten journey towards the celebration of Easter, how do you think we might de-clutter? How might we silence the gongs and cymbals? Are we able to seek moments of quiet to allow space for God’s message of renewal to embrace us and those around us? Whether it is turning off the noise-making machines or quietening our own thoughts spirits, may we discover and enjoy a less cluttered life!
Peace and blessings,
Pastor Lou