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Topic: At the Pulpit (11/15/07)
TITLE: The reluctant prayer
By Tim White
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I know it should not bother me in the least to pray out loud. If Iím big enough to help take up the offering I ought to be big enough to say a simple little prayer. But thatís just it. After hearing all the long and drawn out petitions and instructions the older folks pass on to God, Iím ashamed of my simple little pleas because they seem so, insignificant and child like.
But doesnít God tell us to have a child like trust in him? Didnít he hear the humble cry of the sinner and ignore the self-appreciating cries of the publican?
Those were my thoughts all those many years ago when someone came up with the demented idea of having all those adolescent boys serve as ushers. I suppose it kept us out of trouble, briefly, and forced us to at least follow along in the bulletin least we forget and miss the offertory hymn causing the further embarrassment of having to be summoned to the front. Once we misunderstood the oftí changing instructions and appeared at the conclusion of the wrong song only to be sent back to the pew to await the correct song. Now that was embarrassing and humiliating. At the time I resented and resisted with all that was in me. I was born with a streak of defiance that I never fully out grew but did finally learn to use constructively. Looking back thru the eyes of an adult I can see the wisdom of getting these guys involved, so we would feel a part of something useful and good. Isnít it amazing how God can use several different circumstances in a way that glorifies himself and serves to instruct and develop young minds
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