Bars

Recently, I was asked by a dear friend to lead worship for an early Easter service at a men’s transitional center.  Going into this, I really did not know what to expect and I was a little nervous about possibly being the only woman there.

To make a long story short,  there were four of us…singer, acoustic, bass, and my husband (who I bribed to go with me).  We were asked to set up in the cafeteria where there were a few fellas cleaning up after dinner.  As we were setting up, the guys began to come in and get their seats.  There was about 2 feet between our band and the audience.  It was close quarters and I felt uneasy.
As we began playing the first song, “Trading My Sorrows, ” the peace of God came over me. Smiles of joy coming from the unfamiliar faces lifted my spirit.  The songs rang out to the Lord as we worshiped collectively.  As we continued our set, the volume grew until the room echoed with praise. I thought about the story of Paul and Silas, singing in the prison, praising the name of the Lord.  What a blessing it was to be there, in that place, listening to these men cry out to Jesus!
At the end of the service, I sang these words, “This is the air I breathe, this is the air I breathe, your Holy Presence, living in me…”  At the end, a young man came up and started flipping through the charts.  I turned to him and he walked away to start helping put the chairs and tables back into place.  I grabbed my charts and walked over to him, held out the charts and asked, “Would you like to have these?”  A great big smile came over his face as he boldly answered, “Yes ma’am.  Thank you!”  I can’t help but think that this night was one big GodSTOP.  I pray that those charts, with the message of the gospel of JESUS CHRIST, make it into the hands of many lost souls.
About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns and the other prisoners were listening to them. Acts 16:25
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