dying regrets

The blogger at Inspiration and Chai posted a wonderful observance of what people regret as they are dying. Go read it.

One thing that caught my attention was the last of the regrets:

I wish that I had let myself be happier.

This is a surprisingly common one. Many did not realise until the end that happiness is a choice. They had stayed stuck in old patterns and habits. The so-called ‘comfort’ of familiarity overflowed into their emotions, as well as their physical lives. Fear of change had them pretending to others, and to their selves, that they were content. When deep within, they longed to laugh properly and have silliness in their life again.

“Not letting old patterns and habits get in the way of joy” is a pretty good summary of my approach to worship. I feel like the emotions of joy and gratitude should be conspicuously present in every worship service, and if we need to get out of our old patterns to do so, then we will.

John Buehrens was guest preacher at our congregation a couple of months ago. During the service, we played Macy Gray’s “Beauty in the World”, and I invited the congregation to clap, dance, or even shake their booty. Some people thought just having a rock band on the stage might rub Buehrens the wrong way. As far as I could tell, he was totally ready to shake his booty to the beauty in the world.

Are you dancing in your chair to the video while you’re reading this? If not, you have our permission!

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Contemporary Music and Worship Director (retired), First Unitarian, Albuquerque NM
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2 Responses to dying regrets

  1. Paul Oakley says:

    I love her voice!

    My very small congregation has no musicians yet. So we frequently use recorded music, both instrumental accompaniments and other music. It has been my normal practice to end every service with something a bit livelier than I might tend to use elsewhere in the service. I would definitely use Macy Gray’s “Beauty In the World” in that position. (Which is not to say I would limit her to that position!) She’d be in the good company of, inter alia:

    “Train to Heaven” —Motion Trio
    “Light and Day” —The Polyphonic Spree
    “Nuages” —Gipsy Kings
    “Farscape Theme” —Chris Neal
    “Hope” —Apocalyptica
    “Cantaloupe Island” —Boogie Brothers
    “Upside Down” —Jack Johnson
    “70 Faces” —Blue Fringe
    “God Did It” —Edgar Winter’s White Trash
    “Kabbalah: Torah” —Consuelo Luz
    “Sound Over All Waters” —Paul Halley and Theresa Thomason with Kerámion
    “The Lord’s Prayer” —Isaac Cates and Ordained
    “Im Ninalu” —Chaim Israel
    “Psalm 32” —Mississippi Mass Choir
    “All Prayed Up” —The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
    “Beh po bútl’avom strome” —Suí Vesan
    “Mimkomcha” —SIX13
    “Hasbi Rabbi” —Sami Yusuf
    “Ring Out Solstice Bells” —Jethro Tull
    “Auld Lang Syne” —Barenaked Ladies
    “Hummingbird” Seals & Crofts
    “Toccata” —William Chapman Nyaho
    “Festive Trumpet Tune” —Rob Stefanussen
    Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” —Ricardo Muti et al.
    “Eureka!” —Chris Thile
    “We Are All Connected” —Symphony of Science

  2. Paul Oakley says:

    And, oh yeah, I love the German organ music too! 😉

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