February 18, 2010
where two or more are gathered
That worship wasn't at all what I had expected it to be. But it reminded me that worship is an acting out of relationship. Our relationship to God, our relationship to one another, our relationship to the world. In our intimate encounters with one another, we can worship our maker. We can praise our Lord. We can repent of our sins. We can recieve forgiveness. We can offer back a part of ourselves. We can hear the words of grace and gospel. We can honor God. We can send one another forth.
Wherever two or more are gathered in my name... says the Lord. My prayer for Lent is that I make room for more of those holy and intimite experiences of relationship.
That experience last night has caused me to think much differently about my practices for this entire season, and so one of the things I'm giving up is the hours I spend in front of the television set, alone, wasting time. I'm allowing myself to watch when I exercise - b/c it's what keeps me motivated, and if my husband wants to watch one of our favorite shows with me - because it is something the draws us close and we can have conversation about. But no more mindless hours in front of the t.v. set. I'm seeking out relationships with people and relationships with ideas and my relationship with God through conversation and game nights with others, and through dedicating myself to read some of those "God" books that have been sitting on my shelf for a while now and spending time in prayer and reflection around them.
at 10:18 AM