A Heart Overflowing

“Let the words of Christ, in all their richness, live in your hearts and make you wise. Use his words to teach and counsel each other. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts” (Colossians 3:16-17).

If you know me at all you know that I am passionate about blended worship. I am not a fan of the philosophy of some churches to target a specific group and cater to their every whim. A few weeks ago I attended an assembly at Skyline that just filled my heart to overflowing with thanksgiving and praise to God.

It was a Sunday night. The teens were presenting a special program about their experiences at Camp Barnabas so I was not participating in an upfront way in this assembly. I got to sit back with my family, which was especially exciting in that Laura was home for a couple of weeks.

Lourene, Laura and I ended up sitting about three rows behind a couple of our dear octogenarian sisters.

For the assembly Jeff selected a couple of songs from our Hungry for God song book, songs really popular with our young people and songs that really captured the essence of the ministry that was the evening’s theme. I was lost in the worship until in the middle of one of these upbeat, contemporary songs of praise my attention was momentarily diverted to the older sisters sitting in front of us.

Both of them were on their feet with their heads back and were singing their hearts out!

You know, they could have been sitting there with their arms crossed, fuming that we were singing new songs that “nobody knows.” Instead, they were singing their hearts out in praise to God. And in so doing, they filled my heart to overflowing with thanksgiving to God.

I still can close my eyes right now and see the image of them singing. I am so thankful for the sweet, sweet Spirit I can see living within these dear sisters. I have a heart overflowing.

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