Thursday, October 15, 2009

Pleasure unto Adoration

In our family we frequently use the ACTS forms of praying [Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, and Supplication]. Like most adults I know, our kids cannot easily distinguish thanksgiving from adoration. Perhaps the following quote will help us all.

"Pleasures are shafts of glory as it strikes our sensibility … I have tried to make every pleasure into a channel of adoration. I don’t mean simply by giving thanks for it. One must of course give thanks, but I meant something different …

Gratitude exclaims, very properly, “How good of God to give me this.” Adoration says, “What must be the quality of that Being whose far-off and momentary coruscations [you'll have to look this word up!] are like this!” One’s mind runs back up the sunbeam to the sun … If this is Hedonism, it is also a somewhat arduous discipline. But it is worth some labour."

[C.S. Lewis, Letters to Malcolm Chiefly on Prayer (New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1963), 89–90.]
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