The last month or so, when I have been able to be at church, I’ve been unable to stand for very long, so have had to sometimes sit down during the worship times when others stand. It’s a very different perspective from down there, surrounded by others standing. I found it somewhat ironic one week that we were singing the song “I Stand In Awe” as I had to sit down!
As I thought about that, I recognized that there are many hymns and choruses that refer to standing–ones like “Standing on the Promises” or “Stand Up, Stand Up For Jesus.”
There are many people who are unable now, or were never able to stand–confined to wheelchairs or beds. Some with chronic illness are unable to leave their homes to even be a part of church in a building with others in the body of Christ.
I hope this problem may be a temporary one for me, but what about when we feel we can no longer stand? Does our spirit still stand in awe, or stand on the promises of God’s word for us?
Corporate worship gives us a chance to be part of God’s people praising God together, whether we stand with them physically, or only in spirit. Even if you sit in your recliner, or lie on a bed and watch or listen to a Church service somewhere, I believe you can still be a part of it. It’s the attitude of our hearts that matters to God, not the position of our body.
Our awesome God is worthy of our praise, whether we can stand together with others, or not.
Prayer: Father God, thank You for who You are and that You see the attitude of our hearts, not just our physical position as we come before You. Help us to be aware of those who are differently-abled and to reach out to help them feel a part of our worship. Amen.
About The Author:
Fiona Burrows lives in Melbourne, Australia. She is thankful for the difference God makes in her life, and the lessons He teaches her, as she lives with chronic back pain. She enjoys finding time for reading, writing, and photography, and to travel when she is able. You can contact her in the Sunroom.
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Have you ever sat down during worship when everyone else was standing? Did you feel uncomfortable about it? Have you been able to ease that feeling over time?