Peeing in Worship
Once again, the sense of spaciousness in worship was refreshing.
I once read a description of an American’s return from Europe: she really knew she was home when she was watching the weather reports on tv and seeing the diagrams of whole storm fronts moving across the country, instead of the much smaller maps of rain or sun that might cover a whole country like the Netherlands.
In this 2½ hour meeting, I had the sense of not just little breezes, or an isolated thunder shower, but whole weather fronts of the Holy Spirit having time to pass through.
At the end of meeting I gave in to a lesser prompt to get up and tell everyone about this clever image. Other folks liked it, but I know I should have sat on it and not pretended it was ministry. Unprogrammed worship is always a learning journey.
Another important opportunity for learning came because 2½ hours is pretty much too long for me to sit without going to the bathroom. Maybe you didn’t want to know that, but it’s true. What was amazing to me was my sense that being in worship didn’t stop when I stood up or walked out of the room or even while peeing. The gentle sense of heightened awareness and connection just continued all the way until I got back to my seat in the meeting room. I think the calmness that comes from knowing we have all the time we need enabled me to fret less about interrupting worship for myself and others and to simply move and be still in that great ocean of love that is God’s presence.
We will continue to hold extended worship on the next three fifth Sundays: December 30, 2007, March 30, and June 29, 2008. All are welcome.
Subscribe to Post Comments [Atom]