Dec. 21: Praise the Creator
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As I read this passage, considering my busy semester, I asked myself, “At what times have I truly praised God lately?” I seem to be more thankful to God than anything. Yet, the times that I have praised have been wonderful and rejuvenating.
I praised God in community when I sang in the Homecoming hymn sing. As I sang in harmony with an inter-generational group of people, I felt an unexplainable joy. I had this same feeling of joy and wonder as I was walking through the woods and I saw leaves falling off of a massive oak. The leaves seemed to fall with perfect timing, and I knew that because of the complexities of nature never again would I see that exact same sight. I then praised God.
When I was a kid, during Advent my mother would have us light a candle every night and sing Christmas songs in English and Spanish. Over the years, as each one of us has gone our separate ways, this tradition was lost. But at the beginning of this month as I had supper with my family, we sang songs as we had done in the past. My favorite part of one of the songs we sang, which is in Spanish, has, of course, a talking donkey. In the song the man riding the donkey is kicking and urging it towards Bethlehem in order to go and see the Christ child as quickly as possible. The donkey tells the man that there is no need to beat him, as the donkey is as anxious as he is to go to Bethlehem.
I urge each one of you this week to praise God alongside nature, one’s family, or one’s community. Every moment is a new creation. Every moment is new life.
Praise the Creator.
1 Praise the LORD. Praise the LORD from the heavens, praise him in the heights above. 2 Praise him, all his angels, praise him, all his heavenly hosts. 3 Praise him, sun and moon, praise him, all you shining stars. 4 Praise him, you highest heavens and you waters above the skies. 5 Let them praise the name of the LORD, for he commanded and they were created. 6 He set them in place for ever and ever; he gave a decree that will never pass away. 7 Praise the LORD from the earth, you great sea creatures and all ocean depths, 8 lightning and hail, snow and clouds, stormy winds that do his bidding, 9 you mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars, 10 wild animals and all cattle, small creatures and flying birds, 11 kings of the earth and all nations, you princes and all rulers on earth, 12 young men and maidens, old men and children. 13 Let them praise the name of the LORD, for his name alone is exalted; his splendor is above the earth and the heavens. 14 He has raised up for his people a horn, the praise of all his saints, of Israel, the people close to his heart. Praise the LORD.