Monday, April 11, 2011
Hands up ???
This week at church during our worship/song time, we sang a song that says "....with trembling hands lifted high....be glorified." Since we sit in the front of the church, I couldn't turn around to see if there were indeed lifted hands, without being totally obvious. Instead I just kind of looked out of the corner of my eyes......nope....no hands within my sight area, including mine. Now, I was raised in a northern Baptist church and am still a member of a northern Baptist church. We northern Baptists have always been a rather reserved bunch. We've come a little late to the clapping and raising of hands party, although we've always believed a good loud "Amen!" to be appropriate. Some of us 'old fogies' may never feel completely comfortable with demonstrative praise ourselves, but that doesn't mean we don't wish we did. As for me, I've always been physically reserved. I was a cheerleader in high school (back when cheering was really cheering....). I made the JV squad but I like to believe the reason I didn't make the varsity was because I was just too reserved. Of course it could also have been that I wasn't particularly athletic. God didn't give me the "let loose" gift. That's not to say I am unaffected by emotional situations. Just ask anyone who has had the experience of sitting in the area around me during one of my kid's school performances. It's a wonder they could hear anything amid all the sniffing and sobbing!
So, the next time you feel like throwing your hands in the air during a worship song, or clapping, go ahead....DO IT! I most likely won't but, in my mind, my hands are up!