Sunday, September 6, 2009

Looking Beyond Church Walls

For as I was passing through and observing the objects of your worship, I even found an alter on which was inscribed: TO AN UNKNOWN GOD. Therefore, what you worship in ignorance, this I proclaim to you. Acts 17:23

Lord, this spoke to me about learning to recognize you in every aspect of life.

It's easy to be present with you while performing the rituals of church life. When we depart through the double doors of the church building, we often leave you upon the altar as if you were an impersonal God on a pedestal.

Lord, you are present throughout all creation! Your prints are all over the place!

Teach us to be present with you during worship and prayer.

Teach us to be present with you during every aspect of living: through pleasure and pain, through drought and rain.

Help us to recognize your presence in every face in every place!


Laure said...

may it be so, Lord.

may we see Your face in those bowed low and those lifted up

in those who have and those who have not

in the weak and the strong

and may our beholding You move us.

Kilauea Poetry said...

Maybe that's the sicky part.. duty and ritual(not a stretch) for many believe they've put their time know (don't even touch this) without examining what worship is?

Monica @Know-Love-Obey God said...

Oh, yes. To move beyond the rituals into the life of His presence.

Claire said...

to know Him always...