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2007 January 14 » Philoxenos

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Here We Are To Worship

14th January 2007

Here We Are To Worship

I was originally intending to drop off the two kids at their aunt and uncle’s house for the morning so that I could go to church and actually listen and participate. J was leading worship this morning and needed to be there by 8am and then wouldn’t be available during the actual service to baby wrangle. I find it incredibly difficult to keep a reverent spirit about the place when the youngest is running off down the aisles while I waddle after her. She’s mobile enough to want to go places but hasn’t reached the point where she’s obedient to instructions like “Sit down and keep your voice quiet!” We generally place a high importance on the kids being with us in church but also recognise our limitations and this morning was one of those times.

As we were getting ready for church, the 3yo says “I don’t want to go to _____’s house.” Why not, I ask? “‘Cause I want to go to church with you.” Hm. Well. If the kid wants to go to church, then she needs to go to church. So I dropped off the 16 month old and the oldest and I went to church. I ilike going to the 9am service because it’s not as full and I feel a lot more freedom to let the little ones take up some space. We sat up near the front so Daddy could sit with us when he wasn’t needed on stage.

After asking if she could have her snacks, and of course the answer was no (they are needed for the long sermon time when 30 min can seem like a lifetime to a preschooler and chocolate bears really pass the time), T decided to start singing. We held hands and she sang nonsense words because she didn’t know them. But we came to “Here We Come To Worship” (is that the right title?) and I heard her singing the words, the correct words. I looked down at her and she was looking up at her daddy on the stage, singing her little heart out, with such a look of concentration on her face. I just about lost it. I was already feeling such a strong presence of the Holy Spirit and seeing my little girl worshipping in her own little girl way I could hear the Holy Spirit saying to me “It’s all worth it - the orneriness, the endless questions, the defiance. Because in the end you are being faithful with what you’ve been given and this little girl is learning about her Heavenly Father. It’s all worth it.”

Amen.

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14th January 2007

Update on the late night

I had a comment from Holly, asking if the kids slept any later this morning after such a late night. Of course not! They made it to 7am, which is about 30 minutes later than usual. We had church this morning at 9am so I wouldn’t have been able to let them sleep much later (and let me tell you, I was seriously considering skipping church this morning to let them sleep if they had slept later).

The 3yo had her normal 2 hour nap and the 16 month old slept nearly 4 hours!! So that was good.

I have more to tell you about church today but I’ll leave for after the kids go to bed.

Oh, and by the way, thanks heaps for your encouraging words and comments. I really appreciate you coming by and reading the bits I have to share. I realise they’re rather random most of the time, but as my real life friends can tell you, I can be the Queen of Random at times.

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