Worship is one my favorite experiences in Christianity. We have an awesome worship team at our church, excellent musicians, hearts that love Jesus with all they have, lights, big screens.
But lately, I can’t breathe.
I sing but I’m afraid to pour it out, to let go.
I am going through a season where I don’t have enough. We pay the bills. We even get McDonalds or Chick-fil-A sometimes. But we are just surviving, no money to dream, no extra to give when we see a need.
And it’s all my fault.
I thought. I thought. I thought.
But things didn’t turn out the way I planned. Dreams I hoped for died. And it feels like everyone has turned away from me as I lay wallowing in the ashes of those fires.
It changes worship.
“You’re a good, good Father.” Why Lord?
“Oh the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God.” Where are you, my God and King?
Our big, fancy mega-churches with comfy chairs and temperature controlled sanctuaries can’t take away the pain of what seems like abandonment.
I think about churches around the world. Some hiding, many so small that the world will never know they existed. Churches where believers die at the hands of government or suicide bombers, or apathy.
I think the beauty of the bride, the church of Jesus Christ, shines from a queen, not a princess. A princess has everything perfected for her, protected for her. A queen stands with her King, fights beside Him, rules with Him, dares with Him, suffers and dies with Him.
Our churches can give the illusion that we are all princesses, that we are safe and comfortable as we lift our hands in praise.
But that isn’t what is real. What is true is that many that walk through the doors can’t breathe. Life has kicked at beaten every bit of joy and peace out of us and we can’t see a way out.
That is where our life is found.
“If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself take up his cross daily and follow me.” Matthew 16:24
Blessing will come, through the cross. Peace and joy will come, through the cross. Life, real life will come only through the cross.
I can breathe, through the cross.