Lately, there has been a huge national push back on the phrase “thoughts and prayers” when uttered by our political leaders in the wake of tragedy. Thoughts and prayers are empty sentiments, indeed, if not followed up by action. Our particular group of believers is one that likes to put feet to their prayers. You will find us at meetings and rallies, writing to our congresspeople, learning more about issues we care about and working to help the marginalized.
But in the wake of our action, let us not leave behind those prayers–particularly our prayers of praise. In the midst of our anger, outrage and heartbreak, let us not fail to heed the words of Psalm 34 (link above). The ability to praise God when God is not doing what we want, when we can’t see how God is working in this world, when the weight of the world is on our shoulders is the mark of the truly faithful.
It is the ones who praise God who are delivered from fear, listened to and saved from trouble. It is the ones who praise God who are able to taste and see that the Lord is good and who find happiness by taking refuge (or trusting) in God.
Our prayers need feet, but our feet need prayers if we are to keep moving. Our praise of God reminds us just how great and how good our God is. It reminds us that we are not in this alone and that our strength and power comes from something greater than ourselves.
Taste and see that the Lord is good and be nourished and filled for the journey ahead.
–Rev. Anne Russ