Worship Writings

November 2020

Karlin Olson, Worship Coordinator

Giving Thanks 

As we come to the end of our Fall book study, I found that I was most moved by the 2nd step of the 

P. R. A. Y. anagram, REJOICE. 

When we pray to our Father, do we give Him anywhere near the thanks for everything, and I mean 

EVERYTHING, He provides for us? 

I tend to think of rejoicing as it pertains to music. If the songs that we sing and listen to touch that part of our soul that allows us to feel in harmony with the Spirit, how can we not feel joy and peace and a desire to “Shout to the Lord” 

But we tend to think that our prayers should be solemn and respectful and “making a joyful noise” has a tendency to make our neighbors feel as David’s wife Michal did when he came ahead of the Ark dancing and singing.    2 Samuel 6:14-16 

Now this attitude may seem to be in conflict with our current status under the Covid-19 edicts, but can’t we rejoice in our hearts and minds? 

And rejoicing doesn’t seem to be in step with a service such as a funeral. 

But it does for a “Celebration of Life”. 

A dear person in my life passed recently and I could think of no other thought than to rejoice and praise Jesus that she had been such a strong influence in my life. 

After my mother had passed, she “adopted” me into her family and showed me how to love my own children as she loved hers. And she always showed love for them, even when they were at odds with each other. 

So I rejoice, and give thanks that my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ has saved me and put so many wonderful people in my life to help me along the way. 

I pray that He has done the same for you.