Hope your Wednesday is a good one and that you’re ready for a significant temperature drop over the next couple of days. Put that fireplace to good use.
In tonight’s UPLIFT service we continue with our ASK YOURSELF series by asking the question, “Am I willing to be honest to God?” It’s a fair and important question because we are not above posturing ourselves even before the Lord who knows every detail of lives. But God deals with you primarily, not exclusively, but primarily not on the basis of what He knows about you but on the basis of what you reveal and acknowledge to Him.
Tonight, we will talk about the spiritual practices of confession and lament, both of which allow us to be very honest to God. Support groups like to say that “you are only as sick as your secrets” and that’s pretty true. Confession is God’s gift to us and it can bring life, growth and change.
Lament has been called by singer Michael Card “the lost language of worship” even though 63 of the 150 Psalms are lament psalms, or as OT scholar Walter Brueggemann would say, “songs of disorientation.” Lament acknowledges the anger, pain and utter disorientation we may feel with life and even with God. God welcomes our lament because it takes what is hidden and brings it into the light with at least a mustard seed of faith.
That’s a glimpse of what you can expect in our UPLIFT service tonight. Hope to see many of you at 7:00. Have a terrific week and remember our Care & Share Toy & Food Drive this Sunday. We will collect those sacks of toys & goodies in both services as we partner with Second Mile Mission to serve families in a time of need.
All God’s best to you today,