Day at Church - Part 2
Tonight (Sunday) church had a prayer/worship night. Love these!
(Again read as though it is on the day it has occurred)
- One year ago I attended and knew not one person.
- This year, I went and though I sat alone, I saw people I recognized and others whose names I know.
- Select a “darker” place to sit. Just want to blend in - 2nd row of the 2nd section, fifth seat in. The lights are dimmer here.
- Realize I’ve sat behind the SAME lady from the morning.
- Eavesdrop on her conversation as she and her friend speak Spanish.
- Find delight in the fact I can understand them.
- Whip out my journal to ponder with the Lord this question.
- Delight in worshiping with people from so many backgrounds. LOVE IT!
- Journal emerges again at the end of “Oceans” (also today, brother posted a link to a blog that TOTALLY explains my feelings about this song and how sometimes I don't sing it - see the next one when I was asking it of the Lord --> http://www.anniefdowns.com/2014/09/16/stop-singing-oceans/)
- Reflect and write on how 18 months ago, I was praying constantly about where the Lord would take me (if anywhere) to stretch my faith. Umm…here we are. Wow.
- Tears leak out as we pray for our city, country, family of Jesus, etc
- Sing some songs in Spanglish because I don’t know all the words in either language.
- Notice handsome man giving it up to Jesus.
- Get distracted.
- Pray for refocus.
- Notice there is no ring on his left hand (y’all know it’s true!)
- Stop and pray again.
- Thank the Lord there are apparently single men who love Jesus and are not too young or too old (for me). Seriously. That is a praise!
- Realize this is why it is sometimes necessary to close your eyes. Handsome man is now unseen by these eyes.
- Second realization, hymnals also helped in keeping your eyes on the words and not those around you. Well played, hymnals.
- Become nostalgic about hymnals.
- Hymn is played. “It Is Well”
- Memories of St. Anne’s church in Israel flood back - Charlie Dyer’s favorite place to sing this song.
- Try not to think of Jon Acuff’s blogs on hand raising on church.
- Smile crosses my face realizing I am guilty of many.
- Embrace the freedom of raising the arms.
- End with “I’ll Fly Away” with the most hand-clapping I’ve ever seen at this church.