The words in the image above form part of a John Birch prayer that I used on Sunday. I appreciated the visuals that the words offered which helped people focus their minds. However it was the last line that generated discussion afterwards, “We offer you our sacrifice of praise”. The person said they struggled associating praise as being sacrificial. I must confess that I hadn’t given that part much thought. However since I have reflected that our praises of God are not simply superficial froth spoken on a Sunday but the consequences of actions throughout the week. The words of the prophet Amos come to mind who challenged the people to conjoin the praises of God and the carrying out of justice to the poor and dispossessed. There will always be an element of sacrifice on our part if praise is to be meaningful and worthy of offering to God.
Base image by David Perry via Twelvebaskets.