Robin Williams and The Liturgy
The death of Robin Williams has really messed with me. It’s just so profoundly sad and heartbreaking. But while re-watching many of his interviews and movies, one scene keeps playing in my mind, reminding me of the power of slowly repeating the Truth in love. Remember the famous “It’s not your fault” scene from Good Will Hunting? (Watch it here)
This brilliant scene is profound at a number of levels, but lately it’s been reminding me that we all need to hear the Truth more than once. Slowly, firmly, and with great compassion. Over and over. Reality takes time to seep through our defenses and distractions, and we can’t always hear the beauty of Grace when she first begins whispering.
So as a worship leader, this raises a number of questions…
(1) If most of us need to hear the gentle truth repeated over and over, why do I spend so much time pursing innovation in worship and creative ways to reimagine our liturgy? Why are we so quick to add video content, moving lights, and production value to keep things fresh?
(2) If God often speaks in an easily missed, gentle whisper, why are many of my worship sets so loud? It’s pretty hard to hear a whisper at 110 dbs.
(3) Am I more afraid that people will be bored, or more afraid that I will add to the distraction?
(4) Do my worship liturgies create space for people to hear God whispering over and over, or do I give people one more entertaining opportunity to miss God’s voice?
(5) At the core, is my faith in God or in my ability to lead people to God?
These are easy questions to ask and impossible questions to perfectly answer. But we need to wrestle with them. I certainly do! Which is why the Liturgy continues to capture and mess with me. We gather together to tell the Big Story…over and over, over and over, over and over…until it finally begins to sink in. Slowly and deeply. And in these holy moments, the beautiful Truth God has been graciously whispering to us since the beginning of eternity sneaks past our defenses and into the cracks of our aching hearts. Hallelujah. Thanks be to God. Amen.
May we all learn to have ears to hear what God keeps whispering.