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The case of Could v. should

One of the things I really need to do better with is knowing what I could do and what I should do. Here's the latest example of how I had to ask this question and how the case was resolved. Can you learn anything from this? Should I have resolved the case differently?

On Monday nights when I'm home for breaks, I participate in our church's intercessory prayer team. Normally, there are anywhere from two to 8 or so of us who get together in the sanctuary to pray for any needs that are brought up either by people calling the prayer chain, calling the office, contacting one of us or writing their prayers down and placing them in the offering plate. It's uplifting to see God work in the prayer time and in the lives of those we pray for.

This week, our group decided to participate in a community worship service. This gives us a chance to pray for the needs of people in our community and unite in worship. It was a great service, except for my pain levels. I was getting into the 6.5-7 pain range, which I try to avoid when possible because I know it will make it very very difficult to sleep. I was torn, then, by two choices. I could stay and continue worshiping or go home to try to recover pain levels. It's hard for me to go home when others stay. I missed out on so many things in high school because of pain levels (and those were better than my pain levels now). I don't like admitting I need to leave. Plus, wouldn't it be not good to leave a worship service?

I ended up resolving this crisis by thinking about the should's and could's. I should worship. I could stay to do that. I could also go home. And isn't taking care of the body God gave me an act of worship? So that's how I resolved this case of should's and could's.




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Jun. 13th, 2006 12:56 pm (UTC)
prayer meeting
I wonder, in the future, if you could find someone you trusted, perhaps the pastor, before the service. Tell him you are concerned that you may have to leave during the service, but that you want to pray for the people in your community who are asking for your assistance. Perhaps he could give you three or four names, and the things they are praying for. THat way, even if you leave the group, you still have spacific prayers you can pray for, thereby helping other people.
Jun. 13th, 2006 10:26 pm (UTC)
Re: prayer meeting
I'm fortunate in that our prayer group stuck together but invited others into the group. So,I do have ways of being aware of the prayer requests that were made if I don't stay. The real issue is my own guilt over not staying. Maybe irrational?
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