Bucking Religious Tradition

God wasn’t in the crashing drums or squeaky, loud guitar.

He wasn’t in the microphone that set my ears ajar.

He wasn’t in the whirlwind of religious-sounding prayer,

Or the fancy pictures on the screen that they put there.

He wasn’t in the “Clap now,” “Stand now,” “Sit down in your chair.”

 

He wasn’t in the motions they commanded us to do

Or the bright thundering video announcements, not a few.

He wasn’t in the vain, robotic “Say this after me.”

He wasn’t in the flashy lights (I counted twenty-three).

He wasn’t in the fanfare or the sparkling pageantry.

 

The only place that I could find Him was upon one knee,

As I ignored the sights and sounds and worshiped fervently.

While listening to the message, I asked God for clarity,

And in the stillness of my heart, I heard Him speak to me.

“I want to share a meal with you. Now share a meal with me.”

 

And as the flashy lights faded into obscurity,

I closed my eyes and tuned my ears to heaven’s symphony

Which resonates the praises of the One who set us free.

The words upon the screen took on new meaning just for me

As I spent some time alone with Him in all simplicity.

Author: C R Flamingbush

C.R. Flamingbush grew up in Wheaton, Illinois and graduated from Georgetown University with a degree in German and linguistics. After working seven years for the Department of Defense (an easy job), she took on the most difficult challenge in the world: a lifetime career of raising four children. Along the way she developed a passion for writing Christian superhero fantasy. She enjoys humor because it's Biblical (see the second psalm) and she loves to make people laugh - whether through her writings, her art, or just by being herself. Writing fantasy is her way of poking fun at human foibles and all the ridiculous ideas that so easily beset the human race, while at the same time honoring God in every way she can. Flamingbush has been a member of Faithwriters since 2010, and several of her winning contest entries have been published by Fresh Air Press. She likes Fan Story and has been a Narnia fan since the age of ten. In terms of influence, she aspires to be the next C.S. Lewis but has quite a ways to go in that regard. Speed of Sight, a Superhero Adventure, is her first novel. A sequel is in the works.

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