Cathedrals of Meaning

Originally Published in Worship Leader Magazine Vol 28 No 3

By Dr. Reggie Kidd

In the musical Hamilton, Liza sings to Alexander, her husband, that he has created “cathedrals of words.” If such a construct does indeed exist, our goal in worship should be to develop cathedrals of meaning. 

One day, when my son was about three years old, he and I were in the family room, rolling a ball back and forth. A TV with a looping news show was on in the background. As the top of the hour came around, I decided to take a break for the news. I said, “Charlie, let’s catch the news.” Charlie toddled over to the TV and spread out his arms to “catch” the news—just the way he had been catching the ball I had been rolling to him. I suddenly realized that throughout his young life, I had been creating for him a world in which the word “catch” meant one thing.

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