No Excuses for Missing Church

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September 8, 2013 228

I suppose one of the “advantages” of   The Anglican Church being a State Church is that people have incentive to show up on Sunday.  The consequences of missing church was greater than the mild em·bar·rass·ment…

noun: embarrassment
1.
a feeling of self-consciousness, shame, or awkwardness.
“I turned red with embarrassment”

synonyms:

mortification, humiliation, shame, shamefacedness, chagrin, awkwardness, self-consciousness, sheepishness, discomfort, discomfiture, discomposure, agitation, distress

…of running into the Rector that afternoon at lunch?

No Excuses for Missing Church

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Isak Dinesen (Baroness Karen Blixen)

The Danish writer Isak Dinesen* once suggested that there are three occasions for happiness in human life:

  • when there is an excess of energy,
  •   during the cessation of pain; and
  • when we posses the absolute certainty that we are doing the will of God. 

The first of these belongs mostly to youth, and the second is, by definition, brief.  The third, is open to anyone at any and all times. To posses the absolute certainty that one is doing the will of God requires coming into relationship with the slender threads.

*famous for Out of Africa & Babette’s Feast (one of my favorite films)