As I was thinking about church tomorrow morning, this quote came to mind. I should probably read it at least every Saturday.
The implications of Annie Dillard‘s words are a little unsettling. They should, I think, radically challenge every one of us who plan to attend a church service tomorrow (which should be every one of us who consider ourselves a Christian).
When we gather for worship, do we realize what we’re doing? Are we quite prepared to stand together in the presence of the Holy One, the Alpha and Omega, the sovereign Lord, creator of heaven and earth?
God help us, as we gather in Your presence, to stand in awe of You.
“On the whole, I do not find Christians, outside of the catacombs, sufficiently sensible of conditions. Does anyone have the foggiest idea what sort of power we so blithely invoke? Or, as I suspect, does no one believe a word of it? The churches are children playing on the floor with their chemistry sets, mixing up a batch of TNT to kill a Sunday morning. It is madness to wear ladies’ straw hats and velvet hats to church; we should all be wearing crash helmets. Ushers should issue life preservers and signal flares; they should lash us to our pews. For the sleeping god may wake someday and take offense, or the waking god may draw us out to where we can never return.” –Annie Dillard in Teaching a Stone to Talk