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The Loss of Order
by Debora Dyess
03/22/06
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Everything in life has a sequence; a proper order and priority. Without it the world would fall into chaos.

He awoke every morning precisely at 4:30 am. He bathroomed, dressed, prepared a bowl of high fiber cereal and 1/3 cup of skim milk. Then he sat and ate for 15 minutes. During this time he glanced at the headlines of the paper delivered moments before, mentally making note of what articles he would read at lunch. At 5:26 he left to catch his bus.

Everything in life has a sequence; a proper order and priority. Without it the world would fall into chaos.

He arrived at the front door of his office building at 6:32. This gave him enough time to ride the elevator to the 12th floor (21 minutes after waiting for two carloads ahead of him), clock in and sit at his desk with a minimum of interaction with others.

Everything in life had a sequence; a proper order and priority. Without it the world would fall into chaos.

He took a break at 10:30. It took him 7 minutes to attend to his personal needs. He spent the remaining 8 minutes arranging his desk, assuring himself that all items were where they belonged. At 1:00 he broke for lunch. He remained at his desk, eating a tuna/tomato sandwich purchased from the lunch cart ($7.78 including chips, soda and tax). Here he read the pre-chosen articles form the local paper and avoided the mundane office gossip on which his co-workers appeared to thrived.

Everything in life has a sequence; a proper order and priority. Without it the world would fall into chaos.

He caught the bus home at 5:23 and arrived at his stop one hour and six minutes later. He walked the 3-1/4 blocks home in 4 minutes. He watched the last of the evening news, read 1 chapter of his Bible, prepared a small but nutritionally balanced meal, cleaned his kitchen and prepared for night and the next day. By 10:00 pm he was in bed, confident that 8 minutes later he would be asleep.

Everything in life has a sequence; a proper order and priority. Without it the world would fall into chaos.

Every weekend was much the same.

Each Saturday followed a routine; yard work after a good breakfast and brisk walk, grocery shopping and errands, home by 1:15, light lunch, He pampered himself with a 45 minute nap and then began straightening his fastidious paperment and detailing the car. By mid-afternoon he was finished and enjoyed sitting with a novel until 6:00, ate a quiet dinner and began his evening ritual.

Everything in life has a sequence; a proper order and priority. Without it the world would fall into chaos.

On Sunday mornings the alarm woke him one hour and fifteen minutes before church began. He attended to his personal needs, dressed and ate, following much the same routine he followed every other day. He wore his suit and blue tie, clipping it with his fathers silver tie bar. A matching blue handkerchief peeked neatly out of the breast pocket of his suit coat.
It took him exactly 16 minutes to reach church. He sat in his spot near the center right side of the congregation. He spoke briefly to the pastor, but to no one else. He breathed in the clean scent of the church, anticipating with calm the prayer, 5 hymns, offering and sermon. ‘Just As I Am’ would lead to the short benediction, and he could leave immediately after the closing prayer.

Everything in life has a sequence; a proper order and priority. Without it the world would fall into chaos.

On the third Sunday of February he strode to his place in the church and sat down. The choir director stood and smiled. He smiled back with a thin, meaningless expression that he believed encouraged the young man.

“Today we’re going to try something a little different,” the music minister said. “I learned this worship song on a retreat for church professionals. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Worship with me!”

The piano began to play an unfamiliar stanza. People around him, already familiar with the praise chorus, began to sing the piece. A young girl in the 6th row raised both of his hands toward the ceiling. He watched her with growing despair. ‘Why didn’t the pastor stop this?’ he wondered. Didn’t he see what was happening?

He looked at the people around him, at the looks of joy and devotion on their faces. His mind became confused. This couldn’t be! He watched the congregation worship God as if He were standing in their midst and felt the muscles in his throat tighten. His back became stiff and his head began to hurt. He wanted to scream. Instead he left the church, vowing to never return. There were plenty of places to attend on Sundays where the important—truly important—thins were honored.

Places where people understood that everything in life has a sequence; a proper order and priority. Places where people understood that without it the world would fall into chaos.






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