when liturgy becomes legacy

Psalm 84:10a A single day in your courts is better than a thousand anywhere else!

Most mornings when I was growing up, I’d wake up early; jump out of bed; and run to the living room where I’d crawl into my daddy’s lap. He was always there in his big leather chair with mind and hands full of Bible and memory verse cards and mouth and eyes full of prayers and tears. This has been daddy’s first hour of the morning for 53 years now, and counting…

When I do the math, those hours add up to 806 days in God’s presence which is far better than 806,000 years spent anywhere else according to Psalm 84:10a A single day in your courts is better than a thousand anywhere else! With normal life expectancies at 84 years, daddy has far outlived his life and nearly 10,000 other people’s lives in the real life of liturgy, one hour at a time.

The real life of liturgy in seeking God in the morning with expectation to gain the wisdom, courage, faith, and love necessary to live this day’s life set before me. The real life of liturgy in finding hidden treasures of joy, hope, and delight waiting to overflow my heart today and then outward into others’ days. The real life of liturgy in knowing that purpose, direction, and vision reside in those truths spoken to my heart in reading and in prayer, one hour at a time.  

And now, liturgy has become legacy when I get up early in the morning and see my husband in his big suede chair with mind and hands full of Bible and mouth and eyes full of prayers and tears – outliving his life, one hour at a time.

Published by Beth Madison

author, speaker, learner

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