As I was falling asleep yesterday night, I realized something. I'd been beating myself up about my current inability to sit quietly and listen/wait/worship for longer than about 20 minutes when I'm by myself. I was getting pretty low and feeling like a bad Quaker. (It did not help that I had had a headache all day, and was trying and failing to fall asleep quickly.)

Then I realized an underlying reason why going to Meeting for Worship has become so important to me. I realized that for me, it's not enough to sit/listen/wait/worship (I haven't settled on the most descriptive verb yet), I need to, in order to hear and listen to the Light, be with other people who are pointing the same Lightward direction, as it were. The presence of F/friends and the practice of us all gathering together acts like positive peer pressure, and allows me to really listen. It seems I listen best with F/friends. I also got the feeling that that's okay.

This seems obvious now I think of it; we are made to be in community and to work and love together. But that this message has persisted all the way from bedtime last night to right now speaks to me of its importance, so I thought I'd share.

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Comment by Ryan Burgett on 1st mo. 21, 2013 at 6:29pm

Hey Syd, thanks for sharing. I really connect with what you are saying. The modern religious culture of the US puts lots of weight on personal worship, giving the impression that the depth of worship is relative to the time spent. But what I see in the New Testament is an emphasis on corporate prayer and worship. We're supposed to enjoy worshipping together on many levels, and then go home and connect with God in whatever way we do. For some it looks one way and for others it looks very different. Be blessed.

Comment by Syd Salsman on 1st mo. 22, 2013 at 12:05am

Thanks for commenting, Ryan! I agree with your thought on the New Testament. I don't recall who said it, but I read somewhere something along the lines of "You can't be a Christian all by yourself".

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