I commented on “worship” last October: taking a bath the interaction between things is what make them…
I recently saw someone comment that they “NEED to worship God”, that when they begin to worship “something happens within me… natural selfishness gets kicked out the back door and my heart* opens up to the transforming, powerful, grace-filled-love* of God*. …it reminds me… that all of the responsibilities and struggles I take on are in his-hands*, and that I can trust him to walk-with-me* and not abandon me, to give me the words and the strength. …to remember the love-he-has-for-me*, to be open to the work of the Holy-Spirit* and to remind myself that he is that centre. Worship helps me to know that I-am-loved*, and it sets me free to love others, and to see the grace-of-God* at work in the world around me.”
They commented: “so often in discussions about worship we have a tendency to make worship about us and not about God. …it is important that we don’t forget what it is for and who it is about. In worship God becomes greater and I-become-less*… I need to worship!”
(I have concerns with some of these * notions)
My admittedly imperfect perspective might be as follows:
I need to worship (to adore, revere, respect, devote, admire, venerate, celebrate?) the thing /notion/sense/power(?) that is bigger than us all”.
When I recognise the reality of otherness and possibilities, it helps to refocus on the bigger picture and review perspectives, attitudes and opinions in a fresh way.
To repeatedly recognise the fabula (story) of ‘life’, and reappraise the sjužet (discourse, perspectives, attitudes, opinions – interaction) can enrich the poor, liven the dead, and can make the blind see.
To review the selfishness that often hinders creativity and open up to the transforming, power of reconsideration.
Life is limited but the clouds move.
This worship reminds me that I am relevant in daily the interaction and it sets me free to let others be.
Worship is about us as part of the fabula and yes, it is important that we don’t forget our place in things.
In worship, life becomes greater and we become more real… we need to worship!”
(None of this considers the euphoria, endorphins and satisfaction induced by standing and singing etc – that’s another topic.)
4 replies on “Worship?”
On the whole I agree and yes familiarity breeds all sorts of disregard
I guess you’re commenting on this Richard: https://julesprichards.wordpress.com/2012/05/03/familiarity-breeds-disregard/
but I guess it could equally apply to the above about worship 🙂
Interesting Jules, because I think we are saying many of the same things, I’ll give you that my language was quite religious, but I was not talking about standing and singing or dancing or anything of that sort but rather a trajectory for life. As for the God becomes bigger I become less element that might be better explained as I become more complete as a part of the whole picture and less of a stand alone self contained being.
Thanks Sally, I often look at your posts and get resonance from them even though my brain struggles with the religious ideas. Yes, I think we have a similar ‘song’ sheet :-). I also share similar experience of the underlying noir k9.