Growing up, when my mom would say, “Come Leigh Anne, it’s time for a bath,” I would immediately respond with, “Is tomorrow Sunday?” It was as if baths were only appropriate, or required, before attending church.
HOW WAS WORSHIP TODAY?
Fast forward a few decades. Here at the Florence house, we have our own routine – yes, it includes daily bathing. Sunday mornings, we arise while the roosters are still snoring, arrive at church for sound check and 2 services, then return home for lunch and a very long and enjoyable afternoon nap. Shortly after waking, I call my mother. Without fail, she always asks “How was worship today?” I tell her about the music, the sermon topic, anything she might find of interest. Then I pose the same question to her. If my mom and I were talking on the phone any other day of the week, say a Saturday, and she said, “How was worship today?” my initial response would be, “We didn’t have worship today. It’s only Saturday,” as if worshipping was only appropriate, or required, on the first day of the week.
SCRIPTURES ON DAILY WORSHIP
Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved. – Acts 2:46-4
Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Messiah. – Acts 5:42
And they stayed continually at the temple, praising God. - Luke 24:53
I will praise you every day; yes, I will praise you forever. - Psalm 145:2
I will praise the LORD at all times. I will constantly speak his praises. - Psalm 34:1
Thankfully, my mother finally impressed upon me that baths weren’t only for Sundays. In fact, I soon realized how refreshing it was, and how much better I felt, when I bathed daily. More importantly, I’ve realized how refreshing it is, and how much better I feel, when I worship daily. Besides, why would I only want to worship Him one day a week? As I reflect on the past few days, I’m reminded of several ways I’ve worshiped: the gorgeous afternoon I walked around our lake with my sweet Labrador service dog. My right hand held his leash while my left contained held the tiny hand of a vivacious 4 year old who marveled at the dandelions and ladybugs we encountered. I gave thanks as I saw a mama goose, sitting on the nest preparing for the arrival of their baby goslings. I shared Christ’s love as Ron and I visited a dear family member who’s now in a nursing home, and later when I sat outside with my husband, enjoying a cup of coffee and watching the birds eat. The funny thing is, none of those things occurred on a Sunday morning, yet it was still pure worship. We can worship anywhere – at the office, in the grocery store, the library, anywhere we go.
WAYS TO WORSHIP
Smiling at a stranger
Praying in the car
Singing a worship chorus
Visiting a shut-in
Sending a note of encouragement
The possibilities are endless. So, on this day in the middle of the week, I ask you the question:
HOW WAS WORSHIP TODAY?