I didn’t grow up with hand raising during the worship service at church. I have been around people that raise their hands while singing, and it never bothered me or anything like that, but I just have never felt like doing it myself.
We go to a small, family integrated church where we sing mostly hymns so I am not used to having a full blown band like they had at The Declare Conference after the evening meal. I enjoyed the music, but didn’t know any of the songs they were playing. It is much more difficult to meditate on the words of a song and sing them to God when you don’t know the song, at least for me it is.
So as I was blundering through the songs, the Tim Hawkins clip on Hand Raising involuntarily came to mind:
I had to laugh, but I reigned myself back in and concentrated on the words to the songs and soon forgot about Tim Hawkins and the hand raising.
Then the band played “In Christ Alone.” It was the first song I recognized, and it’s one of my favorites. Finally, I could sing from my heart, and if I were a hand raiser that would have been the song!
So that’s how Tim Hawkins impeded my worship time at Declare, just for a little while though! It is great being around so many Christian women, and I love that we are not all the same! I enjoyed the first evening of The Declare Conference very much! More on the conference coming soon. 🙂