My Mouth Shall Proclaim Your Praise

A reading for Friday, August 29, 2014: John 7:37-52.

The opening sentences of the daily office of prayer and readings each day begins with this:

"O Lord, open my lips... And my mouth shall proclaim your praise."

We are given a choice each new day. We can choose to proclaim the praise of God for all the blessings we enjoy and the multitude of ways we see God around us, in the rise of the sun and people around us. We can open our lips and proclaim praise.


We can choose to open our lips with disbelief, criticism, rancor and doubt that the creation and it's people are good. Heard from the crowd in today's lesson, "Surely the Messiah does not come from Galilee, does he?" Or what about, "Surely you have not been deceived too, have you?" Do we not do the same thing with the same kinds of questions?

Your choice? Proclaim praise or something else. I wonder which would offer more hope and more love for others, not to mention a pretty genuine orientation to Almighty God?


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