"For the most part. . .Southern religion is about decorum. We dress up right, we sit in the pews waving our fans just so, we nod when we're supposed to and whisper amen, and we sing just loud enough for the Lord, but not our neighbors, to hear us. And when the service is over, we make sure we say a kind word or two to the minister on the way out the door. . . .
Now, even those of us who've been singing Southern hymns since time began sometimes forget that that classic hymn is NOT called "All Glory, LAWD, and Honor" but "All Glory, LAUD, and Honor"! But this mix-up is purely Southern, and we'll forgive it. Other expressions you're likely to hear in a Southern church include:
"Lawd, have Mercy!"
"Lawdy, Lawdy, Lawdy!"
from The Grits Guide to Life
I'm poking a little fun at our Southern ways, but I wouldn't change my upbringing in the Church for anything. . .
Makes me want to break out in song:
"Do Lawd, Oh Do Lawd, Oh do you 'member me?
Oh Lawdy. . ."
and SUNDAY BLESSINGS. . .