He is risen.
He is risen, indeed.
He is risen.
He is risen, indeed.
Posted in faith & spirituality, music, Saturday smiles, tagged aaron schust, Andrew Peterson, holding on to hope, hope, hope for the hopeless, music, my hope is in you, truth, wingfeather saga on September 1, 2012 | 1 Comment »
I had a rough day today. Stress is in plentiful supply and today, I felt the weight of the world on my shoulders.
It’s hard to smile through those times, but hope is not gone.
I read the following in the first of Andrew Peterson’s The Wingfeather Saga, On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness: “And the thing before us is to wait in this old cottage without giving up hope. Even if hope is just a low ember at night, in the morning you can still start a fire.”
There is always hope. Tomorrow is another day.
And these words, a portion of 2 Chronicles 20:12, that have been ringing in my mind: “We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.”
September brings with it a whole lot of challenges. Even in those challenges, we have hope. God, the unchanging, unresting, even now works for our good.
And when the future seems hopeless, as it seemed to me today, it’s good to remind your soul of what’s true, even if you don’t feel it.
We sang this in church on Sunday. It’s been in my head all week. I need its message. And hope.
I’ve been thinking about this classic Andrew Peterson song today. Wondering what I’m chasing and if it’s the right thing.
We just finished a week of VBS at our church. Yes, I’m exhausted. Yes, the kids aren’t back on a normal sleep schedule. Yes, I’m still singing the songs. (“It’s gonna be a cool, cool summer ….”) Yes, it’s worth it.
The kids performed one of the songs in church yesterday, complete with hand motions and dancing. I have to admit, this is one of my favorite parts of VBS: the music and the motions.
It’s so much fun to see adults and kids dancing and doing hand motions along with the songs all week at VBS. There’s a freedom I feel in praising God through song during VBS, and with kids in general, that I don’t always feel when everyone gathers on Sundays. Sundays, it seems to me, are serious and I’m to be serious about worship. I refrain from (or at least tone down) the joy I feel from the music. Dancing in my kitchen to uplifting songs — I don’t think twice about it. Dancing in church to uplifting songs — I’m afraid I would horrify someone.
I recently re-read the story of David dancing before the Lord. After being confronted about his behavior by his wife, he says this:
“It was before the Lord, who chose me rather than your father or anyone from his house when he appointed me ruler over the Lord’s people Israel—I will celebrate before the Lord. I will become even more undignified than this, and I will be humiliated in my own eyes.”
When I read this passage, I always think of this song.
David had great joy before the Lord. He had reason to celebrate. And he didn’t care what it looked like to anyone else. Beth Moore says of this passage in her book A Heart Like His: “Completely abandoned worship is often misunderstood.” Oh, how I fear being misunderstood. Sometimes I just want to dance because God has been so good!
It’s so easy … well, easier, anyway … when kids’ songs or camp songs are involved. Everyone thinks it’s cute or sweet and people often join in.
Maybe we need hand motions for EVERY worship song.
I even found one to get us started with the previous song I mentioned.
I know this is mostly a personal and insecurity issue. I’m not sure how to overcome it except to let God continue to change me and draw me out of the “what will people think?” shell.
Anyone else have this problem? How “undignified” are you willing to be in church? How do you praise God with complete abandonment? And how do you react to those who misunderstand your actions?
Just for fun, I’ve gotta end with this. When in doubt, laugh it out.
I love rediscovering music in our shared collection that I haven’t listened to in a while. This song by Matthew West fits into that category and this week, it was the cry of my heart.
What’s your anthem this week?
New video by Sandra McCracken for her song “Can’t Help Myself.” Watching the video was the first time I’d heard the song, and I love it. I’m in a season where the challenges ahead are too big for me to help myself. I need Someone a whole lot bigger. What a beautiful reminder in this song.
I heard this song years ago. Its message still hits me, especially this week, which officially ushers in a season of transition and waiting. And I love Sara Groves’ music.
What’s Egypt look like for you?