Tuesday, December 29, 2009

What Time Is It?

I whole-heartedly agree with David. I don’t care for resolutions. I also agree that what we need is a Jesus revolution not just more resolutions. I am not sure I can follow yesterday’s Kingdom Blogger entry by David.

I was thinking of various Christianized New Year’s activities. I’ve probably seen them all. I well remember Watch Night Services. Interestingly their origin comes from the African American community and goes back to slave days. To read more about it's history click here.

Watch night was associated with Emancipation. Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation after a watch night.

I never went to one when I was a small child but I do remember my father going. I remember when I got old enough to go we would gather at the church at about 9:30 p.m. We’d worship for a while and then eat. Lots of good food, lots of fellowship, lots of coffee. Then at about 11:00 we’d go back to the sanctuary for more worship. Just before midnight, we’d have communion and at midnight we’d be on our knees.

I agree that many of these Christianize activities are hype; yet, I did rather like the idea of starting a new year on my knees. Now I think most churches offer a game night. Not really crazy about that idea. I am not against fun but it seems that the state of the church would be better served if we were on our knees.

That’s my New Year’s resolution, to spend more time in prayer. I think David’s prayer yesterday is a good one to cut, paste and save some place and repeat regularly. Last year I had a song for the year. I rather like old hymns (shhh-don’t tell anyone, makes me sound OLD). For me the song of the year was “Have Thine Own Way.” If you’ve never heard it you can hear it here and read a bit about the author. Elvis liked it, listen to him sing it here.

I would start my day with that song. I didn’t make it through the whole year singing that song. After all, most of us don’t really keep our resolutions. However, there is something about a commitment, a dedication, a resolution, and repetition. It seems to help it sink deep in our spirits.

If I hear the spirit of the Lord saying anything to us for the New Year it is

seek me and you will find me when you seek me with all of your heart.
Jeremiah 29:13

Is it time to watch and pray so that we can have emancipation? Freedom? I am ready to be set free in 2010.


David said...

Staring the New Year on our knees. That sort of tradition can't be bad!

I was thinking about churches that have 24/7 prayer/praise rooms - some of them have grown quite large. I once suggested it to the pastor of a church I attended. We are too small he said. I suggested that we just institute it in faith and allow the congregation to fill in the slots they could do. It never happened, and they have not grown.

I think about how I survived so many times of trial just by filling my 5 CD changer and letting it run day-and-night; filling my house with praise. It causes you to pray - to meditate on Jesus, to praise Him. I have a new iPod dock and an iPod with 91 days of music... hmmm....

The idea of harp and bowl, the mixture of prayer and praise, proclamation and intercession - it sound exciting - especially starting it on our knees.

Maybe it's going to be a good year after all.

Tony C said...

You can bet regardless of where I am...the new year will come in with me on my knees.

Then a kiss for the wife I just thanked God for blessing me with...

Happy New Year to each of you!