Evelyn Underhill: "Worship."
Many a congregation when it assembles in church
must look to the angels like a muddy, puddly shore at low tide;
littered with every kind of rubbish and odds and ends -
a distressing sort of spectacle.
And then the tide of worship comes in, and it's all gone:
the dead sea-urchins and jelly-fish,
the paper and the empty cans and the nameless bits of rubbish.
The cleansing sea flows over the whole lot.
So we are released from a narrow, selfish outlook on the universe by a common act of worship.
Our little human affairs are reduced to their proper proportion
when seen over against the spaceless Majesty and Beauty of God.
Evelyn Underhill(1875-1941) was a writer and pacifist
known for her numerous works on religion and spiritual practice,
in particular Christian mysticism.