Cultural Encounters: A Journal For The Theology Of Culture Volume 11 Number 1 (Winter 2015) - Page 110

THE ART OF GOD - Calhoun Listening to you, I get the music Gazing at you, I get the heat Following you, I climb the mountain I get excitement at your feet4 The words above are to the chorus in The Who’s song “See Me, Feel Me,” which highlights the value of and the reward for good listening skills. If we wish to experience the excitement of new harmonies, we need to train ourselves to see and listen to those persons who are often discounted. Take for example those who face the special challenges of differing abilities, or “disabilities” as they are often called. Just because these people may not see or hear or speak as we do does not mean that our sight or hearing or speech is perfect. In fact, if we really look at them and listen to them, we might come to look at life and listen to it in new and beautiful ways. Like masterful musicians from the past who went in search of new and novel harmonies, we must change our attitudes and reconcile diverse individuals and communities to make new and beautiful music rather than broken records. Will you join me in looking and listening to the art of God, which will appear before us in unique and surprising ways? 4. Peter Townsend, “See Me, Feel Me.” 109