Friday, September 17, 2010

Perspectives From the Field: When God is in Your Heart

Worship: formal or ceremonious rendering of such honor and homage.
When I was young, my grandmother was my spiritual guide. One of the things that she repeatedly told me was that we go to church to celebrate God and whenever two or more are gathered in His name is considered church or worship. It is not the place or building but the feeling. So no matter where you are you can be in worship of God.

Service: to supply with aid, information, or other incidental services.
We can serve people anywhere – whether it be at home, at church, in community. It can be helping your parents at home or a friend with homework. It can be in your hometown or clear across the world. You can help people no matter where you are.

Reflection: a fixing of the thoughts on something; careful consideration.
This also can be done anywhere, anytime. Whenever you are with friends whether they are at church or school, if you have done a service or experienced a great worship, you should share with them. In fact, you should share them whenever and wherever you are with whoever is around.

So I guess the bottom line is like my grandmother said, it doesn’t matter where you are as long as God is in your heart -- you can worship, serve and reflect on Him.

by Lori Watson
Pleasant Hill UMC
Loving God, Loving Neighbor

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