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is center stage when the band gets started.
Now keyboard. Saxophone peals.
God-words in amazing vocals,
lifted through speakers, falling down upon a crowd of men with collars buttoned over throat lumps,
women shifting uncomfortably in panty hose, in grief deep.
Picture an entire roomful of people
staring hard into their laps at hands trembling, clutching shredded, tear-soggy tissue.
Her. The woman down front. She is on her feet, chin tipped toward the sky,
singing as if her voice might reach Heaven.
And her hands – they are raised.
For though he often trailed behind his mama,crawling on chubby knees;
though he often had to be carried by the strong arms of his daddy,
on that day, in his celebration – Bane took the lead,
and those who had gathered simply played copy-cat.
We gave it our best doing as he now does perfectly.
Lifted high with Spirit, we joined in chorus with saints above, our words commingling with theirs
as symphonic God-beauty
rattled the walls of the church — the walls of our hearts, too.
that was a foretaste … a bread crumb on the trail
to a place where a chorus of Holy Holy Holy is playing even now…
Now, before you picture that sweet babe with cartoonish cherub wings and a harp, before you equate Heaven’s chorus with the perfunctory hymns performed at your church just before the offering plate is passed, consider that the bible defines worship differently than we often do.
“Scripture depicts people standing, walking, traveling in and out of the city, and gathering at feasts. When doing these things, we won’t be on our faces before Christ. Nevertheless, all that we do will be an act of worship. We’ll enjoy full and unbroken fellowship with Christ. At times this will crescendo into greater heights of praise as we assemble with the multitudes who are also worshipping him”
Bane’s very being is attuned to worshipping Christ. He never gets distracted from it. Every verb he performs could have
“in worship” tagged on to the end of it. He gives glory to God, and he receives joy. It’s a never-ending cycle of giving praise and receiving God’s love.
Chances are (if you are anything like me), you’ll fail miserably at this – at least a dozen times each day … before breakfast. But the call remains. Worship. Right where you are. Give praise so that you can receive joy. It’s a struggle. But I’ve seen it work.
Will you consider this week how and where you might
choose joy by offering worship?
As promised in Bane’s birthday post, we will be including a giveaway at the end of each post in our “7 Days of Heaven”series.
Today’s gift? The gift of music — which isn’t ALL that worship is, but is definitely close to the hearts of the Beasleys, whose home is full of song. For those of you who weren’t in attendance at Bane’s celebration, a special treat: we have linked some of the music that was played that day into the sidebar to accompany this post.
And today’s giveaway? A $25 Itunes gift card, offered by a generous donor and given in hopes that the lucky winner will experience God’s love through song.
To enter today’s giveaway, you may do any (or all) of the things listed below. Simply leave a comment letting us know that you have completed one (or more, if you so choose) of the options listed below. For each option in the list below that you complete, you should leave a separate comment, which will allow you multiple chances to win — up to seven entries total. Contest closes Monday, November 15, 2010, at midnight, CST. Winner will be selected randomly and announced on Tuesday, November 16.
- 1. Leave a comment telling us what you like to sing — even if you’re not any good at it. It can be a favorite hymn, a genre or style of music … even silly children’s songs count.
- 2. Follow this blog by RSS feed, Google Friend Connect (in the left sidebar), or by email.
- 3. Grab our “Where is Bane?” button from the sidebar and post it to your blog or Facebook page.
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- 6. Tweet about this giveaway.
- 7. Mention this contest and link back to this site in a blog post.