There is a book in the Bible called Ecclesiastes. It is called one of the Wise Books in the Bible. It contains many helpful sayings, like little prayers, to guide us through our lives.
This is very famous and beautiful one:
For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven... a time weep, and a time to laugh, a time to mourn, and a time to dance... a time to keep silence, and a time to speak. -- Ecclesiastes 3:1-9
God understands all of our feelings. When we are up or when we are down. Whether we are happy or whether we are sad. God understands us in the times that we are quiet and in the times when we are LOUD!😊
Let’s imagine together some of those quiet times.
Quiet times for thinking, listening to music, reading a book, walking in nature, staring up at the stars, drifting off to sleep, dreaming dreams in the comfort of your bed. Saying silent prayers for a neighbor in need.
And now imagine those times to speak!
Talking with friends, phone calls with grandparents, singing out loud, discussions at school, reading to a little one, navigating games, cheering on teammates, conversations at the table. Saying out-loud prayers for the ones we love.
God inspires us to do both. A time to listen and to speak. A time to be quiet and a time to make noise! I am sure you can think of many more ways to do both!
Another one of the Wise Books in the Bible is called the Psalms: filled with 150 prayers and songs! So, I want to end this message with the very last one #150. Get out some noise makers, you can shout this one to the sky!
Hallelujah! Praise God in his holy temple; praise him in the firmament of his power. Praise him for his mighty acts; praise him for his excellent greatness. Praise him with the blast of the ram's horn; praise him with lyre and harp. Praise him with timbrel and dance; praise him with strings and pipe. Praise him with resounding cymbals. Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Hallelujah! --- Psalm 150
The Rev. Joani Peacock, Editor for Emmanuel Voices: A Parish Blog