|Our church's outdoor service. <3|
I grit teeth and I say it too loud, too edgy. Please, be quiet. Eat your dinner.
And I mean it but don't say it, For the love of all that is holy, stop driving me mad.
It has been a hard day. A frustrating, two-steps back kind of day with the sort of adoption news I was praying against and this just-fine-sized home feeling awfully crowded with chatter and stained clothes, today.
Too much buzz, too much energy, too much old jelly plastered in fingerprints to the side of refrigerator like purple glue globs. I glance my own face in the mirror and my eyes won't even rise the whole way, drooping over worn skin, freckled like my mother's, tired eyes green like my boys'. There is no life in mine to speak of, no love. Somehow they look paper thin like my skin and the rest of me melts into transparency too.
I will it but the chatter doesn't stop, the skinned knees, flushing toilet, flickering lights and slamming screen door. Crashing bikes. Skipping sandals. Bickering brothers.
Loud stadium voices, train-station voices, cacophonous circus voices.
It feels like assault and all too much.
It bubbles in and up and out through my mouth. I need to get quiet. I need to hear, to listen.
I think we'll skip church tomorrow to get it, to get quiet. I need quiet before the Lord, I think, over and over and over, just quiet. Just quiet.
I flip open pages and by no coincidence I happen upon it.
"Sons are a heritage from the LORD, children a reward from him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are sons born in one's youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them."
And a glance to the opposite page sings the tune of my heart.
"Restore our fortunes, O Lord, like streams in the
Negev. Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of
joy. He who goes out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of
joy, carrying sheaves with him."
It rips open and I know we will go. We will go to lift hands and sing loud and sing long and marvel barefoot at the open sky because in summer, this is the way we worship. It is the single thing I love best about church these days. We will get loud before the LORD to quiet the sounds which steal our postures of praise. We will savor wafer and wine and let it transform. We will go out weeping and return with songs of joy.
Restore our fortunes, O Lord. Indeed.