What bet­ter way to wor­ship

David Jones on how friend­ship and mu­sic can be a won­der­ful power for good

Llanelli Star - - LETTERS -

GLAS­TON­BURY be­gins this week af­ter a year’s break and will wel­come mu­si­cians and rev­ellers from all over the world.

Glas­ton­bury be­gan in 1970 when the first fes­ti­val was held in the beau­ti­ful Som­er­set coun­try­side. You got in for a pound to see T-Rex and one of the perks was free milk from the nearby farm!

The 1,500 who at­tended in 1970 has in­creased phe­nom­e­nally to over 200,000 ex­pected this year.

Glas­ton­bury has cer­tainly be­come one of the most pres­ti­gious mu­sic fes­ti­vals in the world and if you’re on your way I hope the sun shines brightly.

It goes with­out say­ing that if you’re go­ing to Glas­ton­bury then you’ve got to be pre­pared to rough it for the time you’re there.

Liv­ing un­der can­vas in often close prox­im­ity to other noisy and some­times smelly fel­low rev­ellers is never easy, but soon be­comes very much part of the ex­pe­ri­ence.

The inevitable re­sult of any rain­fall soon be­comes an added at­trac­tion for those who see the fields of mud as an added bonus of the fun.

Then again, rain or shine Glas­ton­bury’s unique at­mos­phere sees new­com­ers and reg­u­lars re­turn­ing year af­ter year and there’s no doubt that friend­ships are made and re­newed year af­ter year as Glas­ton­bury now has friends all over the world.

Friend­ship, like mu­sic, is a pre­cious gift, and when both come to­gether there can be a won­der­ful power for good.

There’s some­thing spe­cial about singing and per­form­ing for the plea­sure of oth­ers or just lis­ten­ing and al­low­ing the mu­sic to lift your spirit.

Mu­sic is also a force for unity as it is not con­fined by lan­guage and is mul­ti­cul­tural in its ap­peal.

Our own Llan­gollen In­ter­na­tional Eisteddfod, which be­gins in a few weeks, will bring singers choirs and dancers from ev­ery con­ti­nent and for a short time will bring the world to this lovely part of North Wales.

The Bi­ble says “Let every­thing that has breath praise the Lord” and what bet­ter way to wor­ship than to sing to God and then to pray that the mes­sage of God’s love will find a place in the hearts of all peo­ple and of all na­tions.

If this week so many will be united by the sheer joy of mu­sic and friend­ship what po­ten­tial for the mes­sage of God’s love in bring­ing us closer in peace and un­der­stand­ing of each other.

In the song that Sta­tus Quo sang to close their Glas­ton­bury set in 2009 such friend­ship, tol­er­ance and love will soon be ‘Rock­ing all over the world’.

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