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  • Writer's pictureFr. Scott Haynes

A Flute's Song in the Night

A boy trapped in a war zone takes a rifle barrel and transforms it into a flute.

By the beauty of his music, the light of Christ enters in.

I once read of a man who found himself in a very dangerous desert zone between Arab and Israeli forces one night. At one point when the fighting was heavy, he heard a small shepherd boy playing on a flute.

He called out to the boy to come to him. As the young Christian boy approached, the man saw that the flute the child was using was made from a rifle barrel. An instrument of destruction had been made into an instrument for making beautiful music. By the beauty of his music, the light of Christ entered in.

Men with hardened hearts dig their heels in to war-trenches, but the children of God transform darkness by the Light of Christ, turning obstacles into opportunities, and weapons into flutes.

You shall have a song as in the night of the sanctified solemnity, and joy of heart, as when one goeth

with a flute, to come into the mountain of the Lord, to the Mighty One of Israel. (Isaiah 30:29)

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