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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Worship (corporate) (10/04/07)

TITLE: I Wonder What Happened
By Karen Petty


Whew! This morning has been busy, hasn’t it? I mean, getting the kids up and going is always tough. I wonder if they will ever brush their teeth or feed the dog without having to be reminded. Maneuvering through traffic to deposit each child at their respective school, well that is a task in itself! I know I should’ve gotten up a bit early to read the bible and spend and some time with the Lord, but I stayed up so late last night watching the season finale of my favorite show. He understands. I mean, everybody’s entitled to a little entertainment, right? Plus, there are an awful lot of good TV shows out right now. Well, here I am at work. I’d better get inside so I can put my lunch in a good spot in the break room fridge. I hate having to dig for my brown bag.

Tyler looks so great in his basketball uniform. The game is about to begin. Oh, there’s my cell! “Hi, Sherry. I’d love to be there at Ladies Prayer and Bible Study tonight, but I’m at Tyler’s basketball game.” Well, yes he is playing tennis but that is on Tuesdays & Fridays. “Alright, well, thanks for checking on me.” The ladies are starting a new book tonight called Entering His Presence. I’m sure it will be good. You know, I want to get closer to God. But, I’d feel bad if my child couldn’t participate in everything that his friends do. I mean, I know it keeps us busy, but they say it builds self esteem to be involved in an extra curricular activity. So, doing two or three must be that much better for him. There goes the whistle. “Go, Tyler!”… Boy, do I feel tired.

It’s hump day. At least, I got the dry cleaning picked up and cupcakes dropped off at Tyler’s school after work. We should be at church soon. I sure did like that worship CD that my husband left in the CD player. I should’ve switched it back to that when Tyler got in and put it on that rowdy radio station. That station seems a little rough to me but I can stand it. We’re here. We’d better go inside.

I see Mrs. Jessup and that new young blonde lady are talking quietly near the alter. I wonder whats going on there. I’d better pray for them when it crosses my mind. The organist is still flipping pages. I know the service will start soon, but I’ll just talk to a few ladies about volunteering for the nursery schedule. Maybe I can sell a few magazines for my son’s basketball fundraiser while I’m at it. I know I should’ve taken the time to catch up with these ladies by phone or maybe arrived to church sooner. But everyone’s busy right?

Oh, I like this song. La da da. The pastor’s wife’s dress really is lovely. I’ll have to mention that to her later. What page is that next hymn on? I know I need to focus. It’s just that I have laundry to switch out when we get home, and …has Tyler finished his science project? That blonde has gone to the alter. Someone ought to go with her. Oh, there is Mrs. Jessup. She’s so precious, that one. I‘d go if no one else had. “I’m coming back to the heart of worship…” I do want to worship. Hey, I think I’ll check my purse for a mint.

The pastor is closing. You know,… the sermon was alright tonight and the music was pleasant. Nothing amazing, though. I didn’t really feel God. Maybe they should just plan more thoroughly. I don’t know what happened. Maybe next week will be better.

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Sharon Henderson10/13/07
I would never have thought about the mid-week service. Nice different perspective. This story applies to Sunday services as well. I wonder how many of us wonder what happened at the end of our corporate worship. Thanks for the reminder to keep our focus in the right place.
Beth LaBuff 10/14/07
Oh wow, you REALLY captured the business of a mother. I really struggle with this (my mind going a million miles and hour in a billion directions). Your title is perfect. You did a great job of making your point here too. You've convicted me with your writing. I'm so glad you wrote this.