How do you praise? For some it is worship music, with a small gathering of people or even an entire church congregation. For others, it's quiet and intimate prayer. Maybe you do both. I've personally always loved attending retreats where there is mass, time for group worship music and quiet reflective Adoration. Jesus came and showed people how to pray, gathering for meals, breaking bread and showing praise through teaching. We each have our own ways of giving praise, even if it's through personal testimony within a classroom. How do you give praise?
Today's Reading states: 'Praise the LORD! Praise, O servants of the LORD, praise the name of the LORD! Blessed be the name of the LORD from this time forth and for evermore! From the rising of the sun to its setting the name of the LORD is to be praised! The LORD is high above all nations, and his glory above the heavens! Who is like the LORD our God, who is seated on high, who looks far down upon the heavens and the earth? He raises the poor from the dust, and lifts the needy from the ash heap' (Psalms 113:1-7).
Today's reading talks about how we should praise. All day and every day from the rising to setting sun we should give praise, give thanks in all we do. Especially thinking about how Thanksgiving just passed, being gathered with family and friends, catching up and reminiscing. There is is much to be thankful for and give praise to God. Take some time to reflect on what you are most grateful for in your life and give thanks to God.
Today we pray:
Thank you for this day today, for the gift of life, love and laughter. Help me to cherish everything You have given to me in my life and to continually give praise.
I pray this in Your most holy name, Amen.