Praising Joyfully

“As Jesus was now approaching the path down from the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to praise God joyfully with a loud voice for all the deeds of power that they had seen, saying, ‘Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven, and glory in the highest heaven!’” [Luke 19:37-38]

 What causes you to begin to praise God joyfully with a loud voice?  What deeds of God’s power prompt you to burst out in loud hosannas? The beauty of God’s natural creation does this for me nearly every morning as I drive to and from the church. It doesn’t matter if it is the beauty of wildflowers or snow-capped mountains, green, verdant hills or a billowy patch of white clouds, a tree bursting with blossoms or a flock of birds dancing together in-flight, they all bring praise to my lips. So, does a heart broken open for another. As I listened to an individual tell of his experience of being present to the women at the cold weather shelter this past month, I began to praise God. The man has been transformed by his experience with these women, even though most people would ignore them for fear of their street status. I praised God for this man and for his community of faith that risked opening their doors in order to be this community’s cold weather shelter this winter. What causes you to burst forth in praise?


Loving God, it never ceases to amaze me that you created humanity to be in partnership with you. Your deeds of power are possible even through me!  This amazes me.  Help me to be faithfully present to others, so that your power might transform me as well as those I encounter with your love. Amen.

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