Banners - definitely not a “girly” thing
When I first heard about the Banner Workshop being held at our church my first response was, "this will be really great for my wife, she loves this kind of 'foo foo' girly stuff". You see, I'm not that kind of guy. I see myself as a rough, tough man - definitely not a banner waver. Little did I know that my life was about to change and I could still be a rough, tough man and even more so.
When I went through the training, I gained an understanding of what banners were really about and now I see them in a whole different way. I learned that banners can be used very powerfully for WARFARE. In the days gone by, when a country went into war they had the men at the front carry the banners and battle standards. These declared to the enemy who they were, where they were from and they were LEADING the armies into battle. I quickly understood that this was not some "foo foo" kind of thing - this was serious stuff. I discovered a way of expressing myself and found a new weapon of war against the enemy.
Now that I have attended the workshop my attitude to banners is completely changed. Every time I now pick up a banner, I have a sense of anticipation and excitement. They have changed and improved my time of worship and my relationship with the Lord has grown more intimate. I am now able to better express myself during worship and I get lost in His Presence in a way that I haven't been able to before. There is an added depth to my times of prayer which are enhanced by the feel and the sound of the silk.
My wife and I have purchased some of the banners and we use them at home regularly during times of worship and prayer.
All I can say is, who-ever would have thought that something like a piece of silk that I perceived to be so "foo foo and girly" could be so powerful.
Scott T. Michigan, U.S.A.
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