Perspective | Praise | Thanks | Worship

I suppose most of you are also familiar with context a monthly “commentary on the interaction of religion and culture” written by Martin Marty. It’s a great publication full of meaty quotes from Marty’s eclectic reading. In the November, ’81 issue he quotes from Thomas Howard of Gordon College as follows: “Five or six years ago I visited a church in Connecticut. In the middle of the Eucharistic liturgy, when the whole congregation was kneeling and singing the ‘Alleluia,’ I saw a woman near me with her hands lifted in praise. The thing was, those hands were terribly twisted and gnarled, and she had a pair of crutches near her. ‘Dear Christ, ‘ I thought, ‘what makes Christians sing “Alleluia”?’ Clearly there was something besides self-interest welling up from that woman in the act of praise.” (Again)

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