Sunday, May 22, 2011

A little self-examination here....

I was not kind about the contents that were sent to me by a lay preacher to prepare into a Bulletin for today's church service.

I, who have been so long an Anglican, was derisive of the pedestrian 'cross-talk' between leader and congregation, - the lack of meaningful prayers and the beauty of the words found in the Bible and the Book of Common Prayer.

I, who am smug about the prayers and phrases that are a part of my inner being
 as I indulge in meditative prayer.

I, who am unaccepting of this new Emerging Church which attempts to 'redefine itself through an intense engagement with the surrounding secular world', blurring the boundary between religion and the broader society by entertaining the question of the very existence of God and the divinity of Christ, and becoming yet another social activist secular group.

I, who feel impatience with the secular world who deride the 'old' churches and
fail to see the love and charity that has always been at their centre, the core of Christ's gospel of love made manifest and honoured in the community and the world, despite the human failings within.

I listened as this Scottish lay preacher told of always riding in the front seat of a two decker red Glasgow bus when he was a child , and of the words on a bilboard sign that was at the edge of the road the bus traveled.


I sat at the organ and asked myself this question.
The answer was humbling, and opened my mind to many thoughts for me to ponder.

In light of the recent Rapture rapture, I figure I might not be one of those transported!!!!!

And speaking of the Rapture, I read today in an eMo from Barbara Crafton
a reminder of the heart break and  devastation felt by those who truly believed in 
the expected Rapture and staked their lives and futures on it,  and I was moved to compassion.


Barb said...

You re a better and more compassionate person than I - if you would not have been transported, so many of us would have been left behind. Glad we are all still here to try harder another day, Hildred.

Wanda..... said...

Barb says it well! I feel the same! The results of your self-examination would be much better than most.

Dimple said...

I, too, feel sorry for those who believed this particular lie. I pray that those who were led astray will learn the truth, and will not allow their faith to be shipwrecked.

I have asked God to reveal to me the lies I have believed, and He has been faithful to answer that prayer. Indeed, He is still answering that prayer. I expect He will have continual work to do in me in that regard, although I don't intend to follow untruth!

It is something to be thankful for, the realization that there is still work for God to do. I am glad for every humbling experience He brings into my life and the lives of those who are His. Those are the things which help us grow into the image of Christ.


Kay L. Davies said...

Yes, I felt so sorry for the people who believed it, and who were disappointed, not as sorry as I felt for the people in Jonestown in Africa years ago who killed themselves and their children, but I do know how difficult it can be to rebound when one's beliefs are shattered.
— K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

You are far kinder and more compassionate than I could ever be Hildred.