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Topic: The Church (12/06/07)
TITLE: What Matters Most
By Laurie Glass
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A visitor alone.
I watch them talk and fellowship.
No welcoming is shown.
I take a seat, itís time to start,
And yet they donít begin.
I sit here waiting patiently,
With empty seats, the music starts.
Folks slowly gather up.
By second song they settle down.
Beginningís kind of rough.
I look to screen to see the words
Of songs I do not know.
It seems things got disorganized,
As mixed up words they show.
The pastor takes the mic and says
Itís time for shaking hands.
I watch them interact again
As all alone I stand.
Itís time for the announcements next,
And also time to share.
But then unsure whose turn it is
To say the morning prayer.
More music Ė still disorganized.
And no one seems enthused.
Donít even see them smiling
Although Godís name they use.
Look forward to the sermon, though.
A message for the week.
And yet thereís nothing to take home -
Donít get the meat I seek.
The pastor says to greet someone
Theyíve never met before.
I stand and watch them chat again,
And then slip out the door.
They seem to be a close knit group.
Itís nice they get along.
And yet itís like they want to keep
Within their mini-throng.
Although it was so lonely there,
Iíll try it out again.
Iíve visited at others, too,
And this is how itís been.
Come home to worship in my house,
To focus on the Lord.
I then bask in His presence sweet.
My heart just longs for more.
He comforts me and fills my heart.
My loneliness gives way.
I open up my heart to Him,
Hear what He has to say.
I listen and He speaks through me
Through writing and online.
His Holy Spiritís voice comes through.
It happens all the time.
I find that I want more of Him
And give him more of me.
We work together to reach out,
In this, our ministry.
Itís such a privilege to serve
And speak of the Divine.
To share His love, His peace and grace
In heart and life of mine.
Regardless of the churches here,
Iím certain of one thing -
My God is close and uses me,
And this means evírything.
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