Sunday, December 04, 2005

CQOD: 12/04/05 -- Underhill: the tide of worship

Christian Quotation of the Day

December 4, 2005
Commemoration of Nicholas Ferrar, Deacon, Founder of the Little Gidding Community, 1637
    I desire then that in every place the men should pray, lifting holy hands without anger or quarreling...
    -- 1 Timothy 2:8 (ESV)

    Many a congregation when it assembles in church must look to the angels like a muddy, puddly shore at low tide; littered with every kind of rubbish and odds and ends—a distressing sort of spectacle. And then the tide of worship comes in, and it’s all gone: the dead sea-urchins and jelly-fish, the paper and the empty cans and the nameless bits of rubbish. The cleansing sea flows over the whole lot. So we are released from a narrow, selfish outlook on the universe by a common act of worship. Our little human affairs are reduced to their proper proportion when seen over against the spaceless Majesty and Beauty of God.
    ... Evelyn Underhill (1875-1941)

Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, if You wash me, I shall be clean indeed.

See Believer's Desktop Companion 2004

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