DO ALL YOUR WORK AS THOUGH YOU HAD A THOUSAND YEARS TO LIVE ON EARTH, AND AS YOU WOULD IF YOU KNEW YOU MUST DIE TOMORROW.1
—Ann Lee, founder of the Shakers/United Society of Believers in Christ’s Second Appearing
WE CONFRONT THE UNKNOWN IN WORSHIP, yet somehow attain a state of serene involvement. We experience a type of full, non-material engagement with our lives. While this is an experience shared by many, very few can adequately describe it. If it were possible to understand all things in terms of what is known, we could convey the sense of color to a blind man with nothing but sound, taste, and smell. We can learn nothing of importance when it is explained entirely in terms of past experience.
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