Here for Good! Why do I worship each Sunday, lead hymns and songs from the piano and organ, lead choirs, instruments and handbells? Because I see God's love poured out through people day after day. Their hearts render love to others, gifts beyond expectation. In the music ministry areas alone, I could list example after example of love shining brightly as people come together to worship and help one another. Christ in you, the hope of glory (Colossians 1:27b). We sing (or play instruments) because it boils within us and cannot but help to explode forth in glorious praise of our Father, Creator, Savior, Comforter, Provider, Friend. We cannot hold it back. The joy bubbles over and over. When we are happy, when we are sad, when times are pleasant, when things are tough, a song is always in our heart... a song of reverential gratefulness for all that God has done in bringing us close to Him.
Ash Wednesday comes Wednesday, February 18 and then we immerse ourselves immediately into Lent. As we move into this season of reflection, take personal moments to focus on the cross. As Christians the cross is more than just a physical picture of torture; it is our "tree of life." And you will find each week as we journey through Lent, biblical passages and songs which cast some light on the cross as our tree of life. Yes, the cross is a picture of the worst cruelty of mankind, but it also exudes life-giving shade as we look at it more closely. The cross overshadows us, lovingly embraces us, with might protects us, gives comforting shade, rest and peace. All we need do is look fully on that cross and see the love of God displayed for us.
Is Lent a season in which to be sad? I say "No!" Rend your hearts and not your garments (Joel 2:13)! See the love of God and share it! Here for Good... to worship!