There is something I can guarantee: if you really take time to worship God your pain becomes more bearable. No, it doesn't mean that the pain is less (sometimes it is worse) but when you focus on the Creator of the Universe and our Savior Jesus Christ, the unbearable becomes bearable.
Worship can take place in many ways. Singing is probably the first thing that popped into your head when you read the word: Worship. the freedictionary.com gives this definition of worship:
a. The reverent love and devotion accorded a deity, an idol, or a sacred object.
b. The ceremonies, prayers, or other religious forms by which this love is expressed.
2. Ardent devotion; adoration.
3. often Worship Chiefly British Used as a form of address for magistrates, mayors, and certain other dignitaries: Your Worship.
v. wor·shiped or wor·shipped, wor·ship·ing or wor·ship·ping, wor·ships
1. To honor and love as a deity.
2. To regard with ardent or adoring esteem or devotion. See Synonyms at revere1.
1. To participate in religious rites of worship.
2. To perform an act of worship."
Even being devoted to God is a form of worship - loving Him is worship - so ANYTHING we do to show that love and devotion to God becomes worship. The life I live becomes worship when I live in a way that pleases God. The choices I make becomes worship as I make choices that God approves of - for His approval the Word of God is FULL of things God loves: purity, honesty, obedience, respect to elders, generosity, thankfulness, serving others ...
And yes, worship does include going to church or singing songs of praise to our Great God.
On Sunday my sweet Husband made lunch for my Grammie and I - then he brought up his guitar and hymnals and we spent quite a while singing together from the old hymns. It was beautiful. Just the three of us lifting our voices to the God we love. Worship happened. We all came with things weighing on our hearts, pressures of the day, even pain - but we left feeling revived and full of joy.
How will you choose to worship today? I would love to hear your stories! Feel free to email me privately at firstname.lastname@example.org
God bless you all today!