Posé: A pause or rest stop along the Voyageurs' portage trail. Usually about ½ mile apart. We invite you to take a pause in your day to reflect and pray with us.  

"Praise the Lord.  Praise him, sun and moon, praise him, all you shining stars...lightning and hail, snow and clouds...young men and maidens, old men and children...Praise the Lord."

My fellow created ones, the other morning when the boys and I arrived at church for worship it was cold.  It was very cold.  Although as the week progressed, we all remember that the temperatures even dropped lower, making the temps on Sundaymorning, of fifteen below, seem quite nice.

Photo by Andrea Alarie at  pixgood.com

Photo by Andrea Alarie at pixgood.com

Anyway, as we were getting out of the car to rush into the church building I looked back and was struck by a beautiful sight.  A "sundog" was fully encircling the rising sun.  It was a glorious sight!  I pointed it out to my sons but they simply said, "Yeah, but we saw one last week too.  Remember?"

And they were right we had, although that one was a little different and actually more beautiful. The week before we had noticed a partial "sundog", right as we were driving out of Gilbert on our way to worship.  I say partial because that "sundog" was made up of two iridescent arms of rainbow like hue that were rising out of the forest on either side of the sun.  It was as if the sun was praising God by lifting up its arms in worship!  Like I said above, it was beautiful!  In looking at these two beautiful "sundogs" my soul was stirred to give praise to my creator and Lord.  

I do not always truly praise the Lord.  In fact, too often the only thing that God hears from me are pleas and moans and at other times moans and pleas.  I do try and remember to say "thank you" to Jesus for all that he has done and still does in my life, but true praise I have realized is rare.

In Luke as Jesus is entering the city of Jerusalem on Palm Sunday the people are praising him.  "Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!  Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!'  Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, 'Teacher, rebuke your disciples!'  'I tell you,' he replied, 'if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out."

God; Father, Son and Holy Spirit is to be praised.  God is to be praised for who he is, what he does and because that is one of the things we are created to do.

You see, when we take time to actually praise the Lord, to proclaim his might and grace and love; for those moments we are actually taking our focus off of ourselves and truly placing it where it needs to be, upon the Lord.  When we praise God we enter back into our proper place in our relationship with God; that is as his child.  As God's child, I am the one whom he loves and to whom he has given all good things, including my very life.  As God's child, you are the one whom he loves and to whom he has given all good things, including your very life.  So my friends, remembering to praise God as his children is the best place for us to be!

To praise God does not mean simply singing in church.  No, my most profound times of praise have been when I have been confronted with God's glory. Then I have simply prayed, "God you are glorious and good."  Or, "Jesus, your grace and love in our lives blows my mind and my heart wide open, thank you!"

Sometimes, my praise takes place in a moment as I stand for an instant in the freezing cold, looking at a "sundog" whispering, "Wow God!  Now that's beautiful beyond comprehension."

Praise the Lord!

Pastor Joel Rova-Hegener
United in Christ Lutheran, Eveleth, MN