In the midst of all the discussion about Chapel, something different actually happened. I don’t mean changing formats, forums, or the ideas about cultural diversity in worship.
I’m sure the purpose of Carlos Macias’ participation in Chapel Tuesday was to expand our worship by teaching the Spanish version of “Open the Eyes of My Heart”. But when he used song to express himself in prayer, I was refreshed.
The reaction was predictable: a short, confused silence followed by a small wave of chuckles-everyone was a little off-balance, but quickly joined in. But that song touched me in a new way.
It finally hit me that this was a song to God, not just about Him. It’s a song of praise and commitment. What better way is there to express that than through prayer?
Another reason I found this refreshing is that a minority student introduced something into Chapel that didn’t represent cultural diversity.
There’s no asterisk next to it saying, “There was a reason we had him here to do this.”
It was pure. I applaud Carlos for his courage and sincerity; I hope more people will express themselves in creative ways, and help us experience the connection with God that they experience.
Senior youth and family ministry major from Lewisville