Saturday, April 28, 2007
A Norma Desmond Moment
Bopping around the internet often leads to interesting finds for me. I just ran across something called "soaking", a practice that is apparently gaining some popularity in charismatic circles. Soaking prayer is the "setting aside of oneself to focus and meditate on God for renewal of strength and peace." OK. So far so good. But the 'catch' is that it appears to require special training and money to get it. There are different groups that will "soak you" (pun intended) for the training. For example, completing the "Deeper Christian Life Soaking Prayer Center School" online course (for $50) will get you "a beautiful gold seal certificate/diploma suitable for framing which verifies you have received your training and are now a member and Director of an official Deeper Christian Life International Soaking Prayer Center." Wow. Suitable for framing!
All of this reminds me of the famous scene from the classic 1950 movie, Sunset Boulevard:
Joe Gillis (William Holden): You're Norma Desmond. You used to be in silent pictures. You used to be big.
Norma Desmond (Gloria Swanson): I am big. It's the pictures that got small.
Yep, the gospel is still big -- it's some churches and people who choose to get small.