Monday, March 19, 2012

Monday, 03/19/12

Old Testament: Genesis 49:1-28
New Testament: 1 Corinthians 10:14-11:1
Gospel: Mark 7:24-37
 I will sing of the LORD’s great love forever;
   with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known
   through all generations.” 
Psalm 89:1
“Oh your love is a symphony, all around me, running through me.”  Switchfoot blared on my iPod as I walked through the gates of Miami Int’l Airport and onto the plane bound for Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

I learned a lot during my trip to the small island country, but one of the most incredible experiences I had was learning to worship side-by-side with my Haitian brothers and sisters.  They sang praises to God for three to four hours on Sunday morning (and Tuesday night), in Creole and French two languages that I do not know.  However, I learned that I didn’t have to understand the words they were saying in order to worship just as passionately with them. Though we were not speaking the exact words of the Lord’s Prayer together, we were both communicating with God in our own words.

The most vivid memory I have from Haiti is singing with a deacon and his daughters.  He was explaining to us that his eldest daughter loves to sing, and I mentioned that I love singing, too.  So, naturally, he burst out into a Creole worship song.  As I listened to them sing, I recognized the melody as one of my favorite Chris Tomlin songs, “Here I am to Worship.”  Some of our mission team joined us in worship, singing in English, of course.  For three minutes, we praised the One God who joins us all together in the bond of Christ, in the different languages that God created for us.  Just because the words were not in the same language didn’t mean that the prayer wasn’t.

Aside from being the hottest, thirstiest, achy-est, and most incredible six days of my life, my week in Haiti taught me that everyone can have a special way to communicate with God.  Praying on hands and knees not your thing?  That’s okay you can find other ways to talk to God.  Embarrassed to sing out loud and clap during worship?  No problem you can speak to God in other languages.  He’ll hear you speak to Him in the way that will work for you.  He created you, after all; He knows everything about you.  For me, I sing.  For you well, there are infinite possibilities.

“Oh your love is a song.”


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