Blatant Praise

Shout hallelujah
to the highest heavens;
sing a joyful hymn
of thanksgiving to the Lord,
and laugh out loud
with delight!

Rage and rant,
let your unsated anger burn
white-hot bright;
call for armies of angels
to avenge the wrongs
that have never been made right.

Weep silently
in a quiet place;
mourn the least, the lost, the lonely;
grieve the hurts and hatreds,
the gaping wounds and soul-deep scars
in bleeding, unhealed hearts.

’Tis the season
for all these things;
for remembering,
for regretting,
for renewing
and releasing.

Faith is more than
thanks giving,
praise singing,
and endless intercessions:
it shows itself blatantly
in acts of trust and honesty.

Prayer is a dare:
a challenge we extend
to ourselves;
will we speak the whole truth,
and reveal who we are?
or tell more pretty lies?

The simple truth;
no rationales or reasons,
or elaborate excuses,
no blaming or downplaying,
bare facts
and only that.

Proud of our humility,
scornful, self-certain,
angry, frightened, resentful,
despairing or filled with doubt;
all are possible,
all may be true;

all can be transformed
by the presence of the Light;
out in the open,
freed by our own admission,
confessing aloud
what God already knows.

How great a hallelujah,
the song of honesty:
a gift beyond mere rubies,
a treasure that is told:
Just as I am, Lord,
I put my trust in You.

Start the new year with a clean slate: Tell God exactly how you feel.

About inklingscommunity

I am a struggling Christian, committed pacifist, near-obsessive recycler, incurable animal lover, inveterate tree-hugger; a nature mystic, a socialized introvert, an advocate for the vulnerable, an opponent of exploiters.
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