Monday, January 28, 2013

Topics on the Radio

So, I listen to CBC for about 10-15 minutes per day.  The topics are interesting. I like to know what is being discussed in our world and I find that one of the ways to find out.  The topics lately have been euthanasia ("self-chosen death")  cryogenics (freezing someone so that when we discover a better way to cure them or a better time to live in they can be, in theory, revived and live forever), political leaders and either their race, gender, or sexual persuasion...and how this affects their political career and our views of them as a culture, abortion, oh! and why is it that our tax system is geared towards married's really unfair to the majority who is now single.  
Yeah! So, I have MANY thoughts on these topics.  But, really, they are very bizarre topics.  I have about gone through the roof on the logic given by some of the people being interviewed.  But, for me, it does force me to have to think through these things and not just have a gut reaction (of rage mostly, if I'm honest).  It forces me to sit down and think through these things and have a more succinct answer instead of only emotion.  It hasn't changed my views one smidgen. 
It also has, often, brought deep sadness and distress to my heart that these are the topics that our world is discussing because it shows so much pain and hopelessness.  
Each one of these topics has a solution that offers hope.  And that solution is the same for each of these topics...His name is Jesus.
It always it Jesus.      

A Moment in Church

Yesterday was our day of the week we set aside to Sabbath rest, refresh. We go to church in the morning.  No, I don't always anticipate this. In fact the last year has been somewhat challenging for me to do this because we have been in a new church.  I haven't felt quite at home yet. That takes time.  But it is something that is it's more than important.  I need that bolstering of my spirit each Sunday.  I need that time.  I always find that when I don't want to go the most is when I need to be there the most.
Yesterday, I was nearly in tears from one simple thing. I was in church and we were singing.  I love singing.  As I've mentioned, I feel God's pleasure most when I sing. I love the richness of Christian music. It has heart, hope, meaning, and joy.  I have listened to so much heartbreaking music. Music reflects a soul more easily than any other thing.    Anyway, this Sunday morning singing was...well it was even more lovely than normal.  I was surrounded by men who were beautiful singers.  Now that may sound odd especially if you don't go to church.  But let me explain.  These men (one of which was my husband) were singing praise with their whole heart and they were each harmonizing differently and perfectly.  It was not only beautiful to my ears but to my heart.  It was one of those moments.
 For most of my growing up years men were in church, absolutely! But there seemed to always be more women.  So when I would stop and listen to those singing around me women's voices were predominant. ALWAYS.  Yesterday, that was NOT the case.  I was in a room full of people...over a thousand. The service was full.  And the predominant voices I could hear (not just near me but overall) were men.  It was awesome!
Corporate worship is invaluable.  The corporate gathering is necessary.  It's not any less powerful or unique that my daily meetings with God one on's different. It's a different part of my soul that is met.
Hebrews 10:25
Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.