February Pastor’s Corner
“I was glad when they said to me, ‘Let us go to the house of the Lord!’” ~Psalm 122:1
I find myself reading Eugene Peterson’s A Long Obedience in the Same Direction on these cold winter days. I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in spiritual formation. I am struck by Peterson’s words on the importance of worship. He concludes chapter four by quoting the famous 19th century pastor Charles Spurgeon:
look at the mower in the summer’s day, with so much to cut
down ere the sun sets. He pauses in his labour - is he a sluggard?
He looks for his stone, and begins to draw it up and down his
scythe, with rink-atink, rink-atink, rink-atink. Is that idle music-
is he wasting precious moments? How much he might have
mowed while he has been ringing out those notes on his scythe!
But he is sharpening his tool, and he will do far more when once
again he gives his strength to those long sweeps which lay the
grass prostate in rows before him (57).
Is worship a waste of time or does it sharpen our lives?