Ring of Fire

At ‘Music for Wellbeing’ yesterday Helen gave out kazoos. The accompaniment of thirty geriatric kazoo players made some songs sound very different!! …Including ‘Ring of Fire’:

I fell into a burning ring of fire
I went down, down, down
And the flames went higher
And it burns, burns, burns
The ring of fire…

On the news, Dominic Rabb resigned as justice secretary and deputy prime minister… The investigation and subsequent report into bullying allegations found that Mr Raab acted in an ‘intimidating’ and ‘aggressive’ way…

In his resignation letter, Mr Raab said he felt ‘duty bound’ to accept the outcome of the inquiry but described its findings as ‘flawed’. Many saw his apology as a ‘non-apology’…

The political ‘ring of fire’ is constantly evident – in the UK… US… across the world… the heat, destructive flames, resulting devastation…

I spoke with a couple of ‘older’ gents yesterday. They have to go to hospital for ‘tests’. Despite reassurances, they fear they’re stepping into their medical ‘Ring of Fire’. Other friends have recently found themselves in their bereavement ‘Ring of Fire’…

I remembered those words that were found on a wall in the Auschwitz concentration camp: ‘I believe in the sun even when it is not shining. I believe in love, even when I am alone. I believe in God, even when he is silent.’

This WW2 Jewish writer was in his destructive Ring of Fire… but he discovered another Ring of Fire that was warm and reassuring:

Love is a burning thing
And it makes a fiery ring

Two people walked together on the road to Emmaus. Devastated by the recent death of their friend, Jesus, they were in their Ring of Fire. Jesus walked with them… they didn’t recognise him… after conversation and a meal they realised it was the living Jesus… Jesus disappears.

They say: ‘Didn’t our hearts burn within us while he was talking to us?’ Their Ring of Fire turned from destruction and despair, to warmth and reassurance.

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