Something Old, Something Bigger
I’m developing an affinity for typewriters as of late. I, the self-proclaimed Queen of the Backspace Key, am even seriously considering getting a typewriter at some point in time. You know, when our main kitchen light is fixed and we finally replace the dishwasher that hasn’t worked in, oh, four years or so.
I learned how to type on a typewriter. Computers were not yet as accessible in schools as they are now. There were many typing drills – first with Mrs. Wever, then Mrs. Claypool – with calculations made to determine WPM (words per minute) where you had better not look at the keyboard or else you’d have a piece of paper put in place to block your view. My short university career had all but a few papers turned out on an electric typewriter.
I wasn’t sad to bid the typewriters of my teens and early twenties adieu. I liked being able to clack away on a computer keyboard, correcting poor keystrokes, misspelled words, and formatting issues with ease. And yet I now find a few typewriter-themed items in my home office. And there is the aforementioned thought of maybe one day buying one to actually do some typing on.
And somehow, this recently got me to thinking about a recent tidbit of information I heard via The Relevant Podcast where it was shared how many people raised in nondenominational evangelical churches are coming to embrace more traditional church traditions as adults. It’s not a matter, I think, of wanting to embrace old, empty rituals. But as was pointed out via the conversation I was listening to – and as I find to be true for myself – it’s more a case of wanting to be part of something bigger and older than yourself, than your corner of Church. Again, as I find with myself, there is a desire to learn from those who walked these roads of faith before me. And just as I don’t get it all right, I know they didn’t either. But this doesn’t mean there isn’t anything to learn from those who have (and do) walk alongside me but within a different culture with different customs.
What older/more traditional church customs do you have an affinity for? Did you learn to type on a typewriter or a computer?