Like we could DANCE in the aisles, whoop it up when you got excited about the new thing that God was doing. I could express outloud deep appreciation when I noticed that God had moved on my behalf. We were always about finding new, creative, old established and wonderful ways to fall in love with God! And if it made you more open to God, then do it more!
So why then, when presented with a new way (new to me, 1600 years old otherwise) to worship God, would I balk? What part of nose on the ground, hands up in prayer did not somehow register as a beautiful way to offer prayers? Am I just being afraid of something I don't know? Is beauty in worship somehow not related to God?
So I am on a journey here... feel free to join me, I love company, especially people who love God and want to actually connect in and not just be afraid all the time:
Let's start with the Arabic, Farsi and Turkish word for God: Allah. This isn't a proper name... it means God. People who have these languages as their mother tongue who are Christian use the name Allah to talk about the unknowable source of all being. It's not a proper name like Bill, George or Jesus. It's really a title.
Is there anything about the words in the Salat that were suspect? I have the English translations here.
Okay on this part. Seems reasonable. Heck, even seems like my kind of excitement about the creator. I'll move on and see if there is more:
Sounds like Psalms to me. Oh, and the prophets. Exactly. Kind of strange that it would be exactly the same. Must be somewhere else.
Seek the LORD, all you humble of the land, you who do what he commands. Seek righteousness, seek humility; perhaps you will be sheltered on the day of the LORD's anger.