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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Worship (corporate) (10/04/07)

TITLE: "Praisin' Miss Raisin"
By c clemons


Everyone knew if Miss Raisin was leading the praise and worship this Sunday that she would usher the Holy Spirit into the little Tennessee church. There was a definite need in this small rural community for divine intervention. A tornado had come through two days ago and wreaked havoc not only to property and life, but also to the people’s faith.

Aurora Raisin loved the Lord with all her heart. When the little white clapboard church had started a praise team, she knew this would be something that she could shine in. Aurora’s enthusiasm was infectious and it would just fill her up and spill over to whomever was around.

Pastor Jenkins was greeting parishioners at the door when Aurora arrived. He smiled and said. “Morning Miss Raisin, how y’all doing today?”

“Good Morning Pastor Jenkins, I’m doing just fine, how ‘bout yourself?”

“Doing good, doing good, I hope you’re ready this morning for a move of the Holy Ghost.”

“Pastor, I’m always ready. I’ve been thanking God all morning that our lil’ ol’ church withstood the onslaught of all that wind.”

“Amen, me too. You go ahead and get started, I’ll be in my office in prayer.”

Aurora went to the front of the church and greeted the other praise team members. The musicians were tuning up and the parishioners were getting seated. There were more attendees today, which was normally the case after a catastrophic event. There were a few folks who had never set foot in church before and thereby did not know who the spunky little woman was. To this query they were told, “Why that’s ‘Praisin' Miss Raisin,’ you’ll see.”

The service started with a prayer of thanksgiving and then Aurora took over.

“Come on everybody get on your feet! I don’t know what you came here to do, but I came here to give Him praise! What? You only praise Him when things are going good? Oh no! We praise Him even when the sun don’t shine!” She led the congregants in songs of praise. It was as if something over took her. Miss Raisin became a five foot nothing fireball, dancing and singing. Praising God for his goodness, his mercy, his grace and for his love. It was not long before everyone was lifting their hands and giving God the glory. Aurora then sang songs of worship and the people sang with her. Aurora’s voice was high and clear, it had been said she sang like an angel, some said when she sang it was as if they could hear the voice of God.

Pastor Jenkins joined them at this juncture and he began to speak. “Folks, I was just in prayer and the Lord led me to the book of Acts chapters 1 and 2*, where the people were in one accord and they prayed and worshipped in unity. Now I can’t tell you how you should worship, because unlike praise, worship is personal not corporate. But when we are gathered together with singleness of heart I believe the power of God will be demonstrated as never before.”

Aurora quietly began singing “Great is Thy Faithfulness” and everyone began worshipping God in his or her own way. The atmosphere in the room began to change. Where there had been worry and concern when the parishioners had first arrived, it was replaced with peace and serenity. Their worship was so intense it was almost palpable. A sweet odor invaded the sanctuary and some began to laugh, while others began to cry but not tears of sadness, there were smiles through the tears. They began to hug one another and give each other words of encouragement.

At the close of service Pastor Jenkins shook the hand of each one as they left. Everyone’s countenance somehow seemed lighter. He never did bring his sermon; the Holy Spirit had ministered that day. As Miss Raisin was leaving she shook the Pastor’s hand and smiling she said, “Now that’s the kinda’ wind I want to be in. Be blessed Pastor.”

“You too, Miss Raisin.”

Scripture References from KJV
Acts 1:14
Acts 2:46
Acts 4:24

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LauraLee Shaw10/11/07
What an absolutely precious story! I laughed, I cried. I could picture the petite powerhouse praisin' away! Nicely written....
Debbie Wistrom10/11/07
I wish we had a Miss Raisen in our church!!!
JoAnne Potter10/11/07
This is great! Miss Raisin is real...I can taste her. But, more importantly, the theme is scriptural. Worship IS private, and humble, and reverent. Entirely different from praise. Good for you to know the difference. And bless Miss Raisin, her pastor, and her congregation, wherever they are!
julie wood10/11/07
I enjoyed this story--especially the main character's colorful country dialect. She really comes alive--I can see and hear her and feel as though I know her!

The story would have grabbed my interest sooner if it opened with dialogue or immediate action (as some grand entrance of Miss Raisin herself).

I loved the title--a wonderful name, and a title with anybody's personal name in it always sparks my curiosity!
Joanne Sher 10/13/07
I also adore Miss Raisin - every church needs one. Great descriptions too. Would love the story to have started with a bit more "oomph," but this was still a wonderful read.
Anne Linington10/15/07
I too enjoyed this story, and the believability of the central character; Not sure I subscribe to the distinctions made between praise and worship. Anyway, very well done- I hope it gets acknowledged.
Dee Yoder 10/20/07
Wonderful story! I love the character of Miss Raisin and you chose an outstanding title for this entry. Congratulations on placing 6th. Yay!