Different Is Ok

My sister is currently overseas in the United States of America. She just so happened to be there over their Thanksgiving. She wrote to us telling about the different food they have for their celebrations. One was a sweet potato casserole with brown sugar and pecans and then marshmallows on top. And this was served with the main meal!

Let’s just say that in Australia, that is not what we serve with our roast turkey!

While she was experiencing all this different food she was asked to bring along a pavlova. This is a dessert that many Australian families share. It’s a meringue base with whipped cream and then often a crumbled Peppermint Crisp. As there were no Peppermint Crisps in the US she went the other option which is strawberries on top.

What a feast it must have been with all the different dishes from across the miles.

This meal is a great example of what worship to God can be too. So often churches do things a particular way, and rarely expand their style or their expressions. This can really limit our experience of God.

It is certainly extra work and a bit of a challenge, but being open to various expressions of worship can deepen our praise time and bring forth new understandings of God and ourselves.

Your worship time is not just bound to the church you attend for a few hours on Sunday. You can add diversity and depth to your own worship time at any point during the week.

Lord, open my mind to new ways of connecting with You. May I learn greater ways to praise You and connect with You to deepen our relationship. Amen.

How diverse is your worship?

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This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.