All eyes look to you, hoping,
and you give them their food right on time,
opening your hand
and satisfying the desire of every living thing.

Psalm 145:15-16

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For Zion’s sake I won’t keep silent, and for Jerusalem’s sake I won’t sit still until her righteousness shines out like a light, and her salvation blazes like a torch. Nations will see your righteousness, all kings your glory. You will be called by a new name, which the Lord’s own mouth will determine. You will be a splendid garland in the Lord’s hand, a royal turban in the palm of God’s hand.

Isaiah 62:1-3

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One of my favorite hymns is “O Praise Ye the Lord” by Henry Baker. The final verse always makes me teary: “For love in creation, for heaven restored, for grace of salvation, O praise ye the Lord!”

We don’t often think of our salvation as a gift of God. When I ask people to share their prayers of thanksgiving, they will say they’re thankful for their family, for the food on their table, for some good news they recently had. Very rarely does someone offer a prayer of thanksgiving for the salvation of God.

But it is a gift. The ultimate gift. The gift that undergirds all other gifts. So we often don’t even notice it. Sometimes it’s important for it to blaze out like a torch, that we might remember God’s love gives us more than just our food, family, and friends. God’s love saves us from the power of Sin and Death. It began from the earliest days of creation. It restores our hope of heaven. O praise ye the Lord!

Jordan Haynie Ware

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God, you gave your incarnate Son the holy name of Jesus, which means YHWH is salvation. Shine that salvation as a blazing torch for me to see, that my heart and every heart may love him, who is the Savior of the world, our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting.


(Some phrases inspired by the Book of Common Prayer)

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My mouth will proclaim the Lord’s praise,
and every living thing will bless God’s holy name
forever and always.

Psalm 145:21

Jordan Haynie Ware

The Rev. Jordan Haynie Ware is the Rector of Good Shepherd Anglican Church in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Jordan is the author of The Ultimate Quest: A Geek’s Guide to (the Episcopal) Church and co-host of the podcast Two Feminists Annotate the Bible. She lives in Edmonton with her husband, Derek, and their retired racing greyhound.


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