Sharing, singing, praising!
"Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, 20 always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ." (Ephesians 5:19--20)
Stopping, even for a few minutes, as Caregivers is very hard to do. Stopping to "share" and sing, even to "praise," can be even harder to do -- even if it is Sunday and we are thinking about worship. This is the 5th Sunday - which only happens a few times a year. We, who are in worship regularly, think of Sunday as a time of Sabbath rest especially when we don't always actually get to rest(!). Then to add in the idea of sharing and singing let alone praising........ I can understand the difficulty.
Paul is reminding the people, of Ephesus and all of us today, of how important what we say - and how we say it - is. This is important to remember as we talk to ourselves but also as we are talking with others. We may not share everything that is happening with ourselves, or our care receivers, but we can share in how we worship. We can thank, and praise, God! We can share how God IS with us -- Emmanuel, one of Jesus' names (from last week).
Think about your favorite hymn - can you sing it? Think about the hymns you are singing this Sunday morning with worship - can you sing any of them during the week? Can you share what your favorite hymn is? Why is it your favorite? How long has it been your favorite? Some things to think about!
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