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January 02, 2005

Tonight's Sacred Space

Preparing worship in the context of this devastating tsunami, with its impact on so many, means one cannot avoid looking at the images, and reflecting on the stories. A child floating for two days on a door... a dog waiting (in vain) beside its owner's bags - somewhat reminiscent of the Dog on the Tuckerbox... families elated to find those who were thought drowned, and those who were devastated to be confirmed in their worst fears.
There are so many unanswerable questions. How does one worship in such a context?

Psalm 88 is the blackest of all psalms - the only one which does not end with an affirmation of praise. Instead it ends with the words "the darkness is my closest friend".
It is a reminder to us that worship is an act of faith, in which we ought to acknowledge the realities of the moment, and our own understanding of God in the midst.
It is fitting that we celebrate communion, and are reminded of the brokenness by which God has reached out to rescue us.
Having last week reflected on the Slaughter of the Innocents, it seems that our worship themes have sadly come together.

Posted by gary at January 2, 2005 05:19 PM


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