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Thursday, March 3, 2011

Remembering to Worship

10 the twenty-four elders fall down before him who sits on the throne and worship him who lives for ever and ever. They lay their crowns before the throne and say:
 11 “You are worthy, our Lord and God,
   to receive glory and honor and power,
for you created all things,
   and by your will they were created
   and have their being.”
Revelation 4:10-11 (New International Version)

In the last years of this life, William Wordsworth, the famous English poet, lived in a home called Rydal Mount near Grasmere, England. The setting is unforgettably beautiful, with surrounding mountains and nearby Lake Windermere.
A servant there once said to a visitor, “This is my master's library where he keeps his books; his study is out-of-doors.”
Wordsworth drew much of his inspiration from nature.  Indoors, he thought of a world of “getting and spending” where people “lay waste their powers.”  Outdoors, his spirit was renewed by the sight of a “host of golden daffodils.”  Indoors, he was bound by four walls and a ceiling.  Outdoors, he could walk in his garden, look at the mountains, or walk along the lake.
Yet he needed the indoors, too.  He needed its protection from the elements.  Indoors, he could control the temperature.  Outdoors, he was at the mercy of heat and cold, wind and rain.
We need both.  Some people say they can worship God better outdoors than in any church.  Certainly we need the out-of-doors with its reminder of God's creative powers and bounty toward us, but we need  the church, too.  We need its symbolic reminders of the faith.  We need the contagion of worshiping with other seekers after God.  We need to join with them to see that Christian truths and ideals are perpetuated.  The out-of-doors can remind us of the creative power of God, but we also need the church with its continuing call for commitment to the way of the cross.

Dear Lord we thank You for all the things that you have given us to remind us to worship You. We pray that we would take the time and truly worship. In Jesus’ name, Amen

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