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The air was oppressively  hot, but the open windows and doors in the building kept things bearable.  The engine noises on the road right outside combined with the barks of dogs and the bleat of a goat.  All around me voices were raised singing loudly a tune I wasn’t familiar with and using words I didn’t understand.  Bodies swayed and space was tight, but it didn’t matter as I was worshipping alongside them.  I was in a Haitian church experiencing for the first time the unique bond between believers regardless of race, sex, age, culture or language.

That was over ten years ago and yet my mind can take me back there in an instant and I can almost smell the smells, feel the heat on my skin and hear the Haitian worship songs echoing on the cinder block walls.  Why did it impact me so deeply?  Because I had never experienced so vividly the powerful bond of Christ to cross cultural boundaries and it gave me a glimpse of what is to come in the future.

“After this I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb.  They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands.  And they cried out in a loud voice:  ‘Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.'”  Rev. 9:9,10

In this season of Lent as we look at who we worship with, have you stopped to praise God for the bond He has given believers in Him that has no geographical borders?  Have you taken the time to appreciate the cultural diversity that is perhaps sitting across the aisle on Saturday night or Sunday morning? Praise Him that His sacrifice on the cross enables us to worship Him alongside other cultures now and in eternity!

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