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One of the joys of being a traveling Sandwich Generation granny nanny who juggles the issues of caring for elderly parents and babysitting grandchildren is that I’ve been exposed to a wide range of praise and worship hymn songs and music at various churches. From the lovely old hymns I enjoyed at my parents’ retirement community’s church to the loud, awesome, and totally contemporary Christian music (complete with electric guitar) favored by my old church to the lovely blends of both types at the churches I’ve attended on the opposite coast, I've been blessed by the richness of so much great variety. The best part is that, no matter what style of worship is offered at each church and how different they can sometimes be, some things remain constant:
- Music that inspires and points the way to our awesome God.
- Brothers and sisters in Christ who love God overwhelmingly.
- Excellent teaching centered on God’s inerrant Word.
- Great Biblical activities for the grandkids that encourage them in their faith.
In other words, while our worship styles may vary, we still have plenty in common in Christ. And look how beautifully the two can blend in this gorgeous hymn, Amazing Grace, that Chris Tomlin updated, making a wonderful new creation we can all sing together in joy. 🙂
If the Sandwich Generation issues require us to move in order to help aging parents and/or grandkids, we can rest in the comfort that God has another great church family waiting for us in our new community. We just need to be sure to pick churches focused on His Word and His truths, do a lot of praying, and patiently follow His leading. Then look forward to meeting new friends in Christ and enjoying a lovely variety of ways to praise and worship Him, where ever He leads us. That’s definitely something to be thankful for! 🙂
P.S. Another blessing for all of us boomers and seniors in the Sandwich Generation who are away from our home church can be encouraging devotions on topics especially appropriate for baby boomers and senior citizens. Two good ones are Streams in the Desert and Through a Season of Grief: Devotions for Your Journey from Mourning to Joy.