"" Writer's Wanderings: Sunday Worship Thoughts

Sunday, February 07, 2010

Sunday Worship Thoughts

Something always touches my heart in a worship service. Sometimes it's the sermon. Sometimes it's a Sunday school lesson. Sometimes it's the music. This morning it was definitely the music. In particular the soloist's song. I'm not a fan of Country Music usually but we have a soloist in our church who sings on occasion and draws you in with the storytelling of the country music songs he belts out so well. This morning was especially touching as he sang the song, The Three Crosses.

It's the story of four people, a farmer, a teacher, a preacher, and a hooker, involved in a car crash and only one survives--the hooker. But the dying preacher hands her his bloody Bible and asks, "Can't you see the Promised Land?" It turns out that this lady is the grandmother of the preacher who narrates the song. The lesson: It's not what you take with you, it's what you leave behind that is important.

There's another song near and dear to my heart called, Find Us Faithful (or May All Who Come Behind Us Find Us Faithful). The first time I heard a former pastor of ours sing it, I knew that I wanted it sung at our 25th wedding anniversary celebration. During our renewal of vows ceremony, the pastor sang it again bringing some of our children to tears. Perhaps it was because of the last verse:

After all our hopes and dreams have come and gone
And our children sift through all we've left behind
May the clues that they discover and the memories they uncover
Become the light that leads them to the road we each must find.

Hopefully the impact of our lives on others will be the legacy that we leave behind--the legacy that will lead others to a life of faith in Jesus. What will you leave behind?

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