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March 16, 2012 / joelmalm

My Horse Won’t Fit Through the Door

A few years ago I visited the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem.  It’s supposedly sitting over the cave where Jesus was born.  To get into the church you have to duck down through a tiny entrance called the Door of Humility.  Our guide said they made it that way so knights couldn’t ride into the church on their horses.

Sometimes I get concerned that in church today with all our flashy lights and cool graphics and hipster culture stuff we lose the whole “come to God in humility” side of worship.  We dig the music and excitement, but the quieter times for reflection (if they even happen) sometimes make us uncomfortable and vulnerable.  I know on the occasions when I’m leading worship and have the music completely cut out I invariably get several comments about how the quiet moment was awkward.

I wonder if maybe those awkward moments are good.  Maybe they are a chance for us to have some reverence for God.  To come through the door with our head a little lower.  They force us to get off our high horses and realize that, The Lord is in his holy temple; let all the earth be silent before him. (Habakkuk 2:20)

Make some time for silence today.

Mom and Dad going through The Door of Humility.

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  1. Mom / Mar 16 2012 4:07 pm

    Good one, Joel!

  2. Duane / Mar 17 2012 5:30 am

    I don’t feel the quiet moments in worship are at all awkward, but much needed. But if someone is just getting into the music and not actually worshipping, I could see where it may be considered awkward for them. I think it actually intensifies the worship experience. Oh, and by the way, I think the way you end the set with a really upbeat song is GREAT! Keep up great work and let HIM guide you, not opinions.

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