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.

Views: 145

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".

Comment

You need to be a member of QuakerQuaker to add comments!

Join QuakerQuaker

Support Us

Did you know that QuakerQuaker is 100% reader supported? If you think this kind of outreach and conversation is important, please support it with a monthly subscription or one-time gift.


You can also make a one-time donation.

Latest Activity

Kirby Urner posted a blog post

Design Science

Bucky Fuller is credited for popularizing a lot of memes, some of which developed into full-fledged…See More
15 hours ago
Theodore Schmidkonz left a comment for 马峥
""Would you like to correspond?My resume is to be found in the Quaker-Quaker member file. All…"
7th day (Sat)
Theodore Schmidkonz left a comment for mecepricesy
"Would you like to correspond?My resume is to be found in the Quaker-Quaker member file. All the…"
7th day (Sat)
Theodore Schmidkonz updated their profile
7th day (Sat)
Deborah A Dahl liked QuakerQuaker's blog post Seth Hinshaw - Detraction
1st month 8
Keith Saylor liked Kirby Urner's blog post Autobiographical Snippet
12th month 17, 2021
William F Rushby posted a discussion

Rut, Rot or Revival: The Condition of the Church. by A.W. Tozer

I just received  Tozer's posthumously published collection of essays challenging the…See More
12th month 4, 2021
Dr SJ Dodgson replied to Patrick M. Dwyer's discussion 'Prayers for good health. Schoolmate Bill Callahan passed yesterday from cardiac arrest. We attended Penn Charter together Class of 1978.'
"Holding all in the Light, especially those who found the lit path in Philadelphia. Greetings from…"
12th month 2, 2021

© 2022   Created by QuakerQuaker.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service