I am reading a book of essays by Barbara Brown Taylor called An Altar in the World: A Geography of Faith. My daughter gave it to me and I’m trying to read it slowly, digesting the rich words and thoughts. Brown Taylor’s second essay in this book is entitled “The Practice of Paying Attention: Reverence”. I think her thoughts in this essay have something to say to me as I prepare for General Synod.
Reverence, she argues, requires paying close attention. I’m not good at paying close attention most of the time. I have a husband, three kids, a job, a house, a garden, church responsibilities. Who has time to pay close attention? Why does reverence require paying close attention and what does this have to do with General Synod?