So everything that you've been worried about, put it on the altar
You need Him to work it out, He'll work it out yeah, put it on the altar
All of your burdens ... just bring 'em on down, hey, put it on the altar
You're gonna get an answer to your prayer,
If you put it on the altar
I know you need of healing, you sick of being sick, you need relief
You tired of the pressure, yeah
You got all this stress and you need some peace
Come on and get your break through, break through
Or haven't you been suffering long enough?
Make your way down to the altar, hand it over, leave it there
The altar is a place of worship, a place of sacrifice, a place of offering, a place of healing. Although it can be a particular location in a church, it is more than that, it is a spiritual place...a place of surrender, a place of personal sacrifice, a place of prayer.
Altars are a place where the divine and human world connect and interact. Altars are places of exchange, communication, and influence. God responds to activity on the altar. The altar is referenced during times in our lives when God calls us to offer ourselves to him.
Surrendering what we think we can control. Surrendering our ego to the Spirit and having faith that what will be, will be. Spiritual growth happens when we bring it to the altar, turn it over to God and surrender what we think we need to, and can control. I love how the lyrics say to "come on and get your break through" and "or haven't you been suffering long enough?"
What are you holding onto that you can bring to the altar? Are there things in this new year that you could benefit from surrendering? The hardest part, the scariest part, is to turn over control. Surrendering your will to God. We fight it and sometimes we need to hit rock bottom before we'll give in. We don't like to altar our experiences. Spiritual teacher Marianne Williamson says, "That which you put on the altar is altered."
Is it a matter of trust, of faith, of resistance against losing control? Whatever the reason, it seems we struggle with putting things on the altar. Turning it over to God means giving up control, giving up our wants and desires to God's desire for us and having trust and faith in that.
What in you needs healing? Go ahead and put it on the altar. Ask for atonement, ask for guidance, ask for relief, put it up on the altar. Have trust, have faith and let it go. This year turn it over, set your ego aside, and strengthen your faith and spirituality.
What do you think about bringing it to the altar? I would love to hear your feedback on this post. Please drop me a comment or send me an email.