||The Magi of Epiphany, upon entering the Bethlehem house where Jesus was to be found, bowed down in worship, offering their gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. This weekend, Pastor Shelly suggested (with the help of a great acolyte training story) that “you can’t bow enough in the presence of God!” She also shared meaningful insight from David Foster Wallace as she parahrased a graduation speech he offered at Kenyon College as follows:
“Here’s something that’s weird but true: in the day-to-day trenches of adult life, there is actually no such thing as atheism. There is no such thing as not worshipping. Everybody worships. The only choice we get is what to worship. And the compelling reason for maybe choosing . . . [God] . . . to worship. . . is that pretty much anything else you worship will eat you alive. If you worship money and things, if they are where you tap real meaning in life, then you will ever have enough, never feel you have enough. Worship your body and beauty and sexual allure and you will always feel ugly. And when time and age start showing, you will die a million deaths before they finally grieve you. Worship power, you will end up feeling weak and afraid, and you will need ever more power over others to numb you to your own fear. Worship your intellect, being seen as smart, you will end up feeling stupid, a fraud, always on the verge of being found out. The insidious thing about these forms of worship is not that they’re evil or sinful, it’s that they’re unconscious. They are default settings. They’re the kind of worship you just gradually slip into, day after day, getting more and more selective about what you see, and how you measure value, without ever being fully aware that that’s what you’re doing.”
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For Pastor Shelly’s message click below:
Pastor Shelly concluded: “So, if David Foster Wallace was right – if it is human nature that we are going to worship something, and it’s likely that we will slip into worshipping things that will eventually empty or destroy us – then every time we stop and acknowledge God’s presence, bow down or worship so to speak, we are counteracting that from happening; we are rejecting worship of the things that would drain us of life and joy, things that would lead us from selfishness to self-loathing; and we are turning to the One that gives us life, the One who lifts our hearts, and the One who shows us who we and this world are meant to be.”
Thanks, Pastor Shelly for a deeply inspiring message! And thanks, people of Our Savior, for deeply sharing in the gift of worship as you offer your own gifts of time, talent, and treasure.
A blessed Epiphany season to all,