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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Choose Your Ritual Well

Ritual has always been used in Jewish and Christian worship to "remember" God's acts.  What specific events do you recall in a given Sunday service? In church holiday? (Serendipity Bible Fourth Edition, page 810.)

Ritual is what you make of it.  Do you choose to remember inexorable failure or inexorable redemption?  Many have the daily ritual of going to work.  Unavoidably, one carries along the yesterdays of work.  Because of the processes of the human mind, one never begins a new day with a mental blank slate--the only question is how the present is affected by the past.  How will the past inform the rituals of today?  The Jewish faith remembers redemption (Passover) as does the Christian faith (Last Supper).  Both faiths carry a deeply positive message while not blinking at effort and pain--neither ritual was born in pollyannaish thinking but in hard-time realism.  Wishful thinking alone is decidedly perishable.

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