Today's Scripture: "According to all that I show you, that is, the pattern of the tabernacle and the pattern of all its furnishings, just so you shall make it." Ex 25:9
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When I started writing my first book All Kinds of Prayer, I was intrigued by I Timothy 2:8. The Apostle Paul said he wanted men to pray everywhere by lifting up holy hands to God. I grew up believing that noise, feelings and emotional responses were inappropriate in church. It makes sense then that I don't remember hearing anything from the pulpit about the Holy Spirit, holiness or prayer. It was probably preached, but I wasn't interested and viewed my pants pockets as the appropriate place to keep my hands in worship. I didn't want to distract from worship by gaining attention. Then I added PSL, or Prayer Sign Language as another "way" to pray and it wasn't just my perception that changed.
I've been praying and memorizing Scripture for a long time, but when I added holy hands to the process, I didn't realize it but I started thinking in sign. I believe this is how it happened: when I pray something I can't sign, I learn the expression and then use it. Hence, the more I pray the more I sign, the more I sign, the more I pray. PSL didn't add flourish to my prayer life, it increased the amount of time I spend with God. Move forward to this Sunday. I am being asked to sign and explain Beluah Land to the congregation how I can interject the sign for Jesus into a song that doesn't mention His name. What I will try to briefly explain is how I am not signing to the deaf nor signing words to enhance a song. Instead, I am allowing the congregation to eavesdrop on my prayer while the choir sings Beluah Land.
Thank You, God, You are always there for me to meet You and worship.
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