The Worship Quote of the Week for (07/06/1999):

Alone with God
Please forgive the two-week lapse in the regular WQOTW. I am back on schedule
now after some time away from the computer while visiting Istanbul, Ancient
Troy, Philippi, Corinth, Patmos, Ephesus, Sardis, and other New Testament
sites in Greece and Turkey.

Today's WORSHIP QUOTE is another that challenges me to consider the
importance of one-on-one time with God. The author is Cardinal Basil Hume.

What is the spiritual life? It is that interior life whereby I strive to
encounter God and develop my relationship with him by becoming increasingly
more aware of him, and by desiring him more intensely. It involves all that I
do and all that happens to me. It is the reason for my service of God and my
neighbor. It is what makes me "tick."

. . . In recent times it has become fashionable in Christian spirituality to
put great emphasis on service to our neighbor and to equate service with
prayer. There is much truth in this idea, but it is a half-truth. There can
be no substitute in the spiritual life for being alone with God. There must
be that part of spirituality which is private and individual - secret between
me and my God. It is that daily attempt to become increasingly aware of the
presence and the action of God in our lives and to know the growing desire
within us for some kind of closeness to him.

- Cardinal Basil Hume, THE MYSTERY OF THE CROSS, Darton, Longmire and Todd
Ltd, 1998, pp. 48-49.

Have a great week,

Chip Stam
Pastor of Worship and Music
Chapel Hill Bible Church
Chapel Hill, North Carolina