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Susan & I were married on a Saturday, the next day I quit my job. No, I'm not the brightest candle on the cake. Somehow, we made it financially, but it was tough.

Soon, we'd move to Southern California, where we were both gainfully employed, but for about a month, we were in financial limbo. It was during that time, that Susan taught me an important lesson about worship.

She wanted to go see her Mom for the weekend. I didn't see how we could do it. Our cash reserves were low, I had a few odd jobs scheduled, but I still didn't have a permanent job. She didn't care. She wanted to go to see her folks for the weekend. 

I figured she had something important to talk to her Mom about, so I relented. We loaded up the car and took off.

When we arrived, I was sort of the odd man out-I mean, who can come between a mother and her daughter? I was an observer more than a participant in the visit. The strange thing was, I never really saw Susan and her Mom have the "talk" I anticipated them having. They hung out together. They ran errands together. They prepared meals together. But mostly, they just sat together.

On the way back home, I was silent. "What's wrong?" Susan asked. "I'll tell you what's wrong," I replied. "We spent money we didn't have to make this trip so you could talk to your Mom, and you never really talked with her." Susan was quiet for a minute, then said, "I just wanted to be with her, that's all. Can't you understand that?"

At the time, I couldn't. But today I can. It is that longing to be with someone that brings me to church each Sunday. Together, we stand in the presence of a Holy God. Sometimes, we have something to say to Him and sometimes, He has something to say to us. But whether we talk or not, isn't the issue, it is that we are "together." 

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