Monday, October 6, 2008

The quiet of His presence.

Yesterday in Spark (children's church for those not attending CLC) was the first time since I started this fast that I felt God's tangible presence. I know He's around, I know He's working, I know He's speaking, but yesterday during worship I sensed it personally. It ws during worship, the kids were gathered at the altar and I had finished praying with the child in front of me. They walked away and I just sat there, those little voices either singing or praying for the person next to them. The song that was playing was "At the Foot of the Cross", the lyrics to the chorus just absolutely jumped out at me, "I'll trade these ashes in for beauty," it was then that I felt it.

I just sat there, hands out stretched, singing quietly, thinking there is no place in the world I would rather be. There were 30 or so kids praying and singing around me and I just pictured the joy that God felt at that moment, not with me and my fast, but with the fact that whatever way worship was being brought, singing, praying, sitting, conversation, or fasting, that aroma pleased God. It doesn't matter how we worship, as long as worship. We must find that expression that causes us to connect with God and do it. It will change from time to time, and that's good, it needs to change to stay fresh. God deserves better than the same old sacrifice, it must be fresh.

What is your "fresh" sacrifice to Him?

Day 6 of 21.

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