The Power of Worship

Both for perplexity and for dulled conscience
the remedy is the same;
sincere and spiritual worship.
For worship is
the submission of all our nature to God.
It is the quickening of conscience by His holiness;
the nourishment of mind with His truth;
the purifying of imagination by His beauty;
the opening of the heart to His love;
the surrender of will to His purpose —
and all of this gathered up in adoration,
the most selfless emotion of which our nature is
capable and therefore the chief remedy for that
self-centeredness which is our original sin
and the source of all actual sin.
Yes—worship in spirit and truth
is the way to the solution of perplexity
and to the liberation from sin.
—William Temple, Readings in St. John’s Gospel, 1939

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