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Altarimages

“In the day-to-day trenches of adult life, there is actually no such thing as atheism.

There is no such thing as not worshipping.

Everybody worships

The only choice we get is what to worship.”  ~David Foster Wallace

I was so struck by reading those words.  What a unique take on the concept of worshipping.  Another way of understanding that, is everybody has faith and trust, it’s just a matter of where you place that faith and trust.  You can have faith that nothing works out, you can trust that no one is trustworthy!  The spectrum is broad and endless on what we choose to worship, where our faith and trust chooses to land.

I have an old tape that plays in my head, it comes in various flavors, but it’s basic posture is not good enough in one way or another.  When that tape is playing, I am a worshipper at the altar of not good enough.  When I look at it that way, I can hear the alarm bells sounding their wake up call to live consciously.

Take this precious gift, these senses, this body, this vehicle to worship at the altar of how much I love this life. How much I adore the sounds of my youngest daughter playing her guitar and singing in the next room.  The sleeping, snoring content sound of my dog at my feet.  The open window to my left and the sounds of our swollen back yard stream.  The occasional birdsong dotting the air.

My heart sings to the tune … “my work is loving the world.” (Mary Oliver)

Writing this to all of you now, a tad jet lagged.  I read an entire book on the plane ride last night, start to finish: Janet Evanovich’s Wicked Business, which was wicked good!  So, of all places, I will quote her on faith:

“Love is a leap of faith.”

Leaps of faith are not the ones that stem from habit or conditioned mind.  They’re as new and fresh as this day is, a true “present”.  This new day I am invited to sit at the altar of loving this world and myself in it.  How about you?  What do you choose to worship today?

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