Friday, July 17, 2009

The power of beeswax

In liturgy, there are grand moments - solemn processions, clouds of incense, thundering preludial music - and then there are the small things.
The "candles" at the altar and the ambo in our worship space are as tall and neat and clean as when we began General Convention so long ago. They clearly are some synthetic material filled with oil. What if they were genuine candles? (at least 51% beeswax, of course) By now they would be shorter, burned down, perhaps dripping down the side. What a powerful symbol - not of depletion or exhaustion, but of people consumed by the Spirit, offering prayer, praise, work, care and love for the Church. May God receive and bless the offering of these past two weeks.

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