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Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Give Thanks With Joy

One way to praise God is to serve Him in joy. Grateful people are joyful and we have so much to be grateful for each day. Yesterday I said that Psalm 100 helped me to express what I was feeling in retreat. It still seems to be a great Psalm for me to pray with, but I read it in Spanish today and liked it even more. I am copying most of it here in English:
A Psalm of Thanksgiving

Sing joyfully to the Lord, all you lands;
worship the Lord with cries of gladness;
come before him with joyful song.

Know that the Lord is God,
our maker to whom we belong,
whose people we are,
God's well-tended flock ...

Give thanks to God,
bless his name;
Good indeed is the Lord,
whose love endures forever ...

I thought of all the lands that I have lived in, stayed in for more than a month and counted those visited several times: Mexico, Italy, Chile, Peru, Spain, France, England; I have been to other countries like Israel, Scotland, Canada, and Argentina, but have not lived there. I found joyful memories in all of them and hope that I was helping them to "sing joyfully to the Lord"; the Spanish has the whole earth proclaiming the Lord and then says "serve the Lord with joy" and I think that is my vocation within a vocation. Today's Communion Antiphon is from John 15:16- "You have not chosen me; I have chosen you. Go and bear fruit that will last." Jesus reminds me often that he has chosen me and I am to pipe a song of joy. There is enough sorrow everywhere.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Welcome home, Helen. Prayed for you on your birthday and during your retreat! Glad you had such an inspirational retreat.
This morning our priest gave us another reason to be grateful. He reminded us that we each have the "treasure" and the "pearl" within us each day when we receive the Eucharist.And as you said we can carry that with us to the whole world and spread the joy of God's kingdom wherever we go! Each morning one of my early morning prayers is;
that I may live now not I but Christ live in me and that each person I meet may know the love of Christ.
Blessings to you,