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4 Reasons to Raise Your Hands

At 15 weeks, our little Lion can move arms and legs and make a fist. Pretty soon Mama should start feeling some little kicks!

The other day we were talking about why people raise their hands in worship. This conversation brings to mind the musician, Carmen. Us kids who grew up in church in the 90s got to listen to Carmen all the time. In one song, Carmen sings/says, “why do we raise our hands? When I was in school, if you knew the answer, you raised your hand. How many of you know The Answer?!” (insert canned cheering).

We’ve all heard pastors and worship leaders say, “if you can raise your hands and cheer at a football game, you can do the same at church.” I visited a church where everyone was lined up early waiting for the doors to open, and the air is electric with even more anticipation than I’ve ever felt at the one baseball game that I went to. During worship and the message, people would cheer and say “amen!” and “yeah!” Oddly enough a lot of other Christians think this particular church is a little off. Because apparently it’s ok to get excited about your team scoring a goal, but God forbid you should get excited about being on The Winning Team!

I’d say the most common explanation for hand-raising is as a sign of surrender. In battle, you raise your hands saying, “I put my weapon down, now please don’t shoot me!” But I’d like to think that Jesus isn’t going to shoot me, although surrendering our lives to God is a good thing to do.

As a parent, I encounter a little girl raising her hands every day. It starts the moment she wakes up, she is trying to say, “Mama, Dada, pick me up! Get me out of this prison you call my bed. I want to be free to run and play.”

It continues all day long, “Mama, Dada, pick me up! I want to be with you! I want to be part of what you are doing.”

When we’re looking out the window or preparing food out of her sight on the countertop “Mama, Dada, pick me up! I want to the see what your seeing. And see the world from your perspective.”

When she gets hurt, “Mama, Dada, pick me up! I want to feel safe in your arms.”

Those are the reasons I raise me hands in worship.

Becky is wife to Duane, mama to "Monkey-girl" and baby "Lioness" aka "PipSqueek." She is the administrative powerhouse for YWAM Bend and keeps our team grounded and organized. Her hope is to inspire and encourage other mamas in their journey to raise healthy, thriving families.
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