Karen's Devotions

This is a selected collection of my devotions e-published on Daily Devotions, Journey Christian Church, Irvine, California; George Bragg, Editor. To join the mailing list, email George, gbragg@cox.net.

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As a 25+ year homeschooling vet, post-cancer, math prof, mother of five, master's track and field athlete, and certificated private pilot, I have a lot to share about what God has done in my life. In 2000 I began writing devotions as something to try when it seemed like accoustic pianists were becoming an endangered species at church. I have since found great blessings from writing and sharing. God is good.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Click-Click :Shining a Light On Worship

First Published February 20, 2012

Psalm 49:3
My mouth will speak words of wisdom;
the meditation of my heart will give you understanding.

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Conserving energy is not a new concept. There are still many who remember rationing during World War II. Scrap metal was collected, ration coupons were treasured, and lights were out at curfew.

My friend Mary and I, though in different locales, grew up at the same time in the 60’s and 70’s when we learned about air pollution, gasoline lines, and conserving electricity. She was taught that lights went on during the day according to necessity and stayed on until 9 pm, when all lights were turned off. I was taught to turn off lights when you exited a room. The intent of both teachings was to conserve energy, yet the implementations seem diametrically opposed.

One of the most exciting (and yet frustrating) things about understanding worshiping God is that it we can do it in different ways. Each of us is unique, living in different cultures, but each of us has the same focus, glorifying the Lord. Still it is difficult for us to understand worship traditions other than our own.

We are not to compromise God’s truth, and I am not advocating that. But we still need to share and communicate with each other how worshiping and living a Christ-centered life keeps us focused on God.

Whether we pray aloud or silently; whether we clap with the tambourine or sing a quiet hymn; whether we assemble in a large auditorium or sit in a small living room gathering; whether we are part of an online Bible study or meet at the corner diner; whether we keep the lights on until 9 p.m. or turn them off when we leave the room; we are one in Christ Jesus.

Today, let’s open our eyes and ears to how people worship differently. Allow the God to illuminate as you learn. The Light will “click-click” as the Holy Spirit gives you a new and fresh perspective of understanding worship.

Copyright 2012 Karen Vaughn