kung fu taught me a lesson about worship


You never know where lessons may present themselves.

Maybe you don’t know (how could you?), but I have been practicing Wing Chun kung fu for about 6 months, taking one class a week. The system began about 300 years ago and was popularized in Western culture lately by a man named Yip Man. I enjoy the forms and treat them as a way to unwind, relax, and center my feelings. As I practice the forms, I can’t help but think back to the grandmasters and their students who have done the same moves for the last 300 years, and I feel a strong connection to them and the ancient ways. I feel like I am a part of something much larger than myself.

Upon reflection, I noticed that this drew out similar and more powerful thoughts relating to worship each Sunday. Kung fu actually taught me something about Christianity. Yes, I should have seen it before, and I have to some degree, but this brought it more clearly into focus.

For almost 2000 years, faithful Christians have met together each Sunday. And they shared their times of praise together–the joys and sorrows of their own lives mingled with their expression of faith and devotion to our God.

We are all connected.

When I am in the sacred assembly for worship, I connect to the people around me. And I connect to you, to my brothers and sisters the world over. Also I connect to that line of decades and centuries — times far gone which held brothers and sisters from walks of life I cannot imagine, languages I have never heard.

When we come together, we enter a sacred assembly, a holy gathering that countless men and women have shared, and we share with those who may come long after us. We are part of a Kingdom that cannot fall, that withstands all tests and challenges. And neither time, nor death itself can overcome it.

When you sit in your seat Sunday, remember that you are connecting with the ancient path that thousands of years of prophecy revealed. For millennia God worked toward its establishment, and we are part of that lineage. Remember when you come together for worship:

You have come to Mount Zion, 

and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem,

to an innumerable company of angels,

to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are registered in heaven,

to God the Judge of all,

to the spirits of just men made perfect,

to Jesus the Mediator of the new covenant,

and to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better things than that of Abel.
(Hebrews 12:22-24)


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