Music making has been a topic of discussion today. Last night I went out to hear a friend's band play at a venue down the road. I have been reminded that this simple activity is rarely a part of the lives of most of the people with whom we work at The Salvation Army. Living on a fixed income with very few choices about expenditure is only part of the problem here - the gap between the lives of those most disadvantaged in our society and the average citizen is disconcerting. Recreation and leisure opportunities are just one example of this distinction.
An important principle of our services is to ensure that real options are created for people to enjoy music, art, cultural activities, sports and other recreation that they might not otherwise experience. This isn't just an optional extra. It's taking seriously Jesus' statement about coming so that we might know 'fullness of life' (John 10:10).