Day 12/31 Five Minute Free Writes: Praise

Today is a Five Minute Friday write with the online writer’s group, and the prompt is PRAISE.  Here is the linkup if you’d like to read some more from other writers.

Today is also Day 12 of the 31 day challenge (also with the Five Minute Friday community) to write for 5 minutes on a given prompt.

Day 12

“Come into His presence with thanksgiving in your heart and give Him Praise, and give Him Praise!  All glory and honor and power unto Him, Jesus the Name above all Names!”

That song from growing up in an Assemblies of God church as a kid has been on rewind and replay all day in my mind.  I can still remember vividly scenes from inside our church in Woodbridge, VA.  Initially, we met inside the gymnasium, chairs having to be stacked and set up every Sunday morning.  On Wednesday nights, they’d be set up again, but by Thursday night, all the chairs would be gone and co-ed volleyball games would be playing in their place.  I can remember when our new church building was finished and how all the pews were upholstered in a scratchy mauve material over padding that had zero give.  There were enough seats for 2,000 people there.  We would sing praise songs for over 45 minutes each Sunday morning before Pastor Roberts would preach.  Those were the praise songs that had everyone clapping, not just listening or observing the band.  There were no fog machines, but a huge choir on stage in their billowing robes.  As I flip through my old piano music and read the book of Psalm, I’m reminded of the hundreds of praise songs I actually know and how we used to sing them all.

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