Pause

It has been a while since we’ve been able to raise our voices together. Still, many of us long to shout our praise to Jesus, to bear witness, to give thanks.

Be still now, and listen for “Hosannas” to rise from deep within you.

God is good. God’s love lasts forever.

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Listen

Give thanks to the Lord because he is good, because his faithful love lasts forever. Let Israel say it: “God’s faithful love lasts forever!”

Open the gates of righteousness for me so I can come in and give thanks to the Lord! This is the Lord’s gate; those who are righteous enter through it.

Psalm 118:1-2, 19-20

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Think

It recently occurred to me that I rarely knock on somebody’s door. These days, if I do go to someone’s place, I’m much more likely to call or text, either as I leave my home or when I arrive. This was true even before the pandemic, and now I have even fewer occasions to do so.

In East Africa, people call out to let someone know they are approaching their home. “Hodi,” they shout while still a long ways off. “Hodi” again, as they approach the front door. “Hodi” a third time as they stop at the door, only knocking if no one has yet appeared to receive them.

That is how I picture the speaker in this psalm — calling out as they approach the gates, giving those inside the chance to let them in, perhaps without ever breaking stride. “I need to enter this place, so that I can give thanks to God,” they say. Whether pre-planned or spontaneous, the shout of thanks to God cannot be contained. It must be shared!

Peter Hanson

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Pray

Your goodness must be shared, O God, and your faithful love announced. Let me say it, too, wherever I go. Amen.

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Go

God calls you to shout out loud that the love and mercy of Jesus never end.

Go with strength and courage.

Go with a new “Hosanna” on your lips.

Go, be a blessing in the name of the Lord.

 

Peter Hanson

Peter Hanson serves as lead pastor at Christ the King/Cristo Rey, a Lutheran congregation in New Brighton, MN which worships in English and Spanish. He has previously served as youth director in a Minnesota megachurch, a street chaplain in Berkeley and San Francisco, a solo pastor in Vermont, and a missionary in Dakar, Senegal. He currently lives in Saint Paul with his spouse Sarah, a yoga instructor and international educator. They have two young adult children, one who works for a legal services firm in Seattle, and one who studies education in Montréal.

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