Pause for Thought August 2019

Last week I went to see Bob Dylan and Neil Young in concert in Hyde Park. This was a birthday present from my five children for my 60th birthday. I thoroughly enjoyed it and came away happy and tired. But the performances made me think. People particularly liked Neil Young’s performance because he included many favourites of old, staying faithful to the original recordings so we could all sing along.


Then Bob Dylan did a number of his well-known songs, but he did them so differently that it was difficult to recognise them, let alone sing along. He is such a big star with loyal fans that this wasn’t a problem, but with Dylan, if you want to go along and hear him play just like he does on his old recordings, you’ll be disappointed. Yet we must allow the writer to give us his music as he wants to express it. Dylan has said that at concerts he is not there to do cover versions of his own material.

When Jesus came and people began to ask whether he was the long-awaited Deliverer, many of them went to see him, expecting him to be a bit like Neil Young. Perhaps they expected him to fulfil the prophecies and ideas about the Messiah in a comfortable, predictable way. But he didn’t. He defied convention and popular expectations. He was no populist. Many of us might feel we have Jesus ‘all sewn up’ and that we have the measure of him. But like Bob Dylan, he doesn’t pander to the crowd or do things like they expect. He says in the Bible, “Behold I make all things new”.

It’s been said that Jesus came to comfort the disturbed and to disturb the comfortable. He’s always worth another look.

Have a restful summer.

Every blessing,

Rev Dave.

“Pause for Thought” this month comes from Rev Dave Maylor
Rector of Barnack with Ufford, Bainton, Helpston & Wittering
Telephone: 01780 740234