Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Finding Some Ground to Stand On
Today was a little bit of an off day for me. I woke up and just felt odd. Nothing was quite right. I couldn't concentrate well enough to be productive and my mind was in other places.
I tried reading a blog or two on theology, but they just made me even more irritated than I was. Everything was off kilter.
Now, it may sound odd, but I decided to go over to the church and just do some liturgy. So I grabbed my Bible and walked over.
Trinity here in Saint Joseph, MI has a beautiful sanctuary. Not only that, but the church is well designed and singing is very easy. They spent a large sum of money on refurbishing the organ. It sounds incredible. But this morning, I didn't have the organ. The church was quiet and no one was around, so I went up the railing and started through Morning Prayer from the Lutheran Service Book. I sang all the parts myself. I chanted a psalm. I happen to be reading through Luke, so I read from Luke 14. I said some prayers and ended with the alternate benediction.
Now it is later in the afternoon. I still feel out of kilter. It is slow around here, and I can't get into any kind of rhythm.
But for the 20 minutes it took to go through the brief service, I had found some footing. I knew this. It was familiar. It was God's Word. It comforted me today. I needed it to comfort me. Now, there are some days when any liturgy will be a little more rote than usual. However, it's days like these that Jesus' familiar Words can make all the difference.