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Lay it Down

Tonight, as a study break, we sang, “Lay it Down.”

Almost the whole song consists of those same repeated words.
I lay it down.
I lay it down.
I lay it down,
at Your feet.
I lay it down.
I lay it down.
I lay it down,
at Your feet.

As we sang, I tried to mentally lay everything down. My finals. My friends. My thoughts about my schedule for move-out. My thoughts about boys. My thoughts about anything other than God.
I lay them down.
And then, *flit* *flit* *flit*, thoughts about things other than the Almighty God fly back into my brain.
I ask Him to help me lay them down.
And we do.
And then they flit back. And I ask Him to help me again.

I can’t say I ever succeeded in completely focusing on Him during the worship. One might blame it on too much caffeine and an over-crowded schedule, but we all know those are just excuses.

He did grant me a beautiful picture, though. Look at it with me.
I lay it down. We lay it down. The whole Church body. We stand in concentric circles around the throne of God, bathed in reds and golds and yellows. With every repeat of “I lay it down” in the song, we each lay something before the throne. Around and around and around it goes. I lay down more and more. Each saint beside me lays down more and more.
The whole church.
Before our King.
At His feet.
The whole communion of saints.
Laying everything down.

And oh, picture: What can God do with a whole Church laying everything down before Him?!

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The Church has MS

The Church is the body of Christ.
…made of imperfect people.
Lately I’ve noticed the dissension within this body. People within the same church deciding not to be friends. People leaving small groups because of clashing personalities. People burnt out by what other church members have placed on them.

It’s like our body is attacking itself, as a human body with MS does. In MS, the body’s immune system attacks the central nervous system, causing progressive neurological effects. Instead of fighting outside attackers, the immune system attacks the body it’s supposed to protect.

Why do we do that in the Church, the very body of Christ? We hurt and are hurt by the very people that are supposed to help us defend each other against “the world.”

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