Sunday, July 3, 2022
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John 6:57 – As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever feeds on me, he also will live because of me. (ESV)

I have a guitar bought years ago with money that my father gave me some time before he died. I cherish it because it serves as a remembrance of his love for me. Like the guitar that I bought and wrote about in June 2003, I have had the skills to keep it functional and in use, over the years, as an electrified-acoustic.

It sits with me in the office on its stand, like a faithful dog quietly keeping me company. In return, I like to look after it. It has a rich, orange-brown cedar face which I have just sprayed internally with furniture polish. The liquid silicone and wax feed the wood and serve to prevent the wood from cracking by becoming too dry under the varnish. In the process, it adds to the warmth of the sound. I pick it up and play sometimes when I have the desire to pray and worship.

As a guitar is regularly played, it seems to have an impact on the wood — to mellow and warm the sound that it makes. I guess that it has to do with the harmonics resonating in pure notes.

A guitar has to be handled before it makes a sound. Like me, it is getting older. As a result of my usage, I noticed recently that the fretboard has acquired some staining where my fingers have been playing for an extended period; it does not polish off. However, I know a little fix to remove these stains on the unvarnished wood of a guitar's fretboards. I take walnut meat, skin on, and rub it gently directly onto the wood. The rubbing removes the skin and releases the walnut oil underneath, which penetrates the wood and slightly stains it darker, feeding the wood with oil in the process.

Gone — no more fingermark stains.

I notice that the world and the evil one leave their fingermarks and stains on our lives, too. Now and then, we are just plain imprudent enough to make a mess of our lives all on our own, no help needed. Neither of these situations is a problem for our Saviour. He wants to bring us back to life and refurbish the stained parts of our lives, because He loves us and cherishes us. We can then carry on praising Him.

Jesus brings His own anointing for us, and with it, He desires to remove the stains by the power of the Holy Spirit. He will feed us with His Word, if we let Him.

Come, Lord Jesus!

Prayer: Hallelujah! We praise You, Lord, for Your victory. We love it when we are restored by Your presence and grace. You make us become whole again, loved and accepted. Please feed us today in and through the name of Jesus. Amen.

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Rod Marshall <roderickhenrymarshall@gmail.com>
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thanks for sharing, Rod.

    Thanks for the tip, Rod. I shall pass both on – the spiritual and the physical for the guitars where I am.

    Greetings Rod and thanks for another very meaningful devotional. You have written a great correlation between the oil of walnuts and the special anointing ever available to us through our loving Lord Jesus. Blessings for these special writings you do.

    Great comparison in this devotional today!
    I have sent it to my son who has a few guitars and has actually been building one with a buddy over the past while (actually a long time in this process). I’m not sure if he’s aware of the knowledge you shared so was pleased to send it along. Thanks.
    Blessings to you!

    Good morning, Rod,
    Well I know a little bit more about the care of the guitar which I didn’t know before your devotional. I did know that walnut meat was good for wood and can be used to improve water stains.
    It is amazing how you tied this into the stains that God can remove from us with his anointing us with the Holy Spirit.
    I could not figure out where you might be taking us with the love of your guitar. It is something I do to see if I can figure out where the message is going from the title or the beginning of the devotional. For me, it cements the ideas better into my mind because I am trying to work through the message.
    Thanks for sharing your knowledge and your faith. May you feel God’s comfort as you play and sing praises to him. Blessings.

    Good morning, Rod,
    You wrote, “I notice that the world and the evil one leave their fingermarks and stains on our lives, too.” isn’t that the truth.
    Thank you for your good words this morning.
    Just as an aside. Our country home where we lived for many years had a walnut tree beside the lane and as the nuts fell on the ground and we drove over it the driveway became saturated black with the juice. They were not your store-bought walnuts and not good to eat, the squirrels got most of them.

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