Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous things; his right hand and his holy arm have worked salvation for him. Psalm 98:1
As we approach the weekend, I must admit that I absolutely love Sunday mornings! Even though I’m retired and no longer go to work Monday thru Saturday, Sunday mornings remain special to me. Why? Because of the joyful anticipation of going to church to study and worship with my faithful friends in Christ. There we read Scripture together, recite familiar covenantal oaths, hear marvelous messages about remaining rooted in Christ, and, of course, sing songs of praise and glory to our Heavenly Father and His Beloved Son.
Congregational worship is a special gift that should always be anticipated with joy. Why? Because, like today’s passage from the psalm declares, God has done marvelous things in our lives! His right hand and holy arm have provided salvation, safety, security, stability, sustainment, solace, and shelter for all His children. Now that is something truly worth singing about!
Besides, worship is the place where I feel free from Early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. I don’t have to think about what to say when words escape me, my prayers are uttered in spiritual silence, and all the words of worship are set before me. All I have to do is read, think, or sing them from deep within my heart. If I mess up, the sounds of the congregation cover my misguided mistakes which seem to happen more frequently now. Nonetheless, through the worship experience, I am free to praise God!
Worship is blessed, priceless, and delightful even if you are struggling with Alzheimer’s disease or some other form of dementia. Attend it and look forward to it as often as you can for you will be blessed! God does marvelous things still today and one of them is through the worship services of His beloved church. Whatever you do, don’t let the demands of dementia keep you from worshipping your Heavenly Father. You see, there is freedom in worship so go and sing to the Lord!