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By Lois Parker Edstrom
Object suggested: A stone.
Have there been times when you feel so happy and grateful you just have to sing or whistle or shout? What are some of the things that make you feel that way?
I’ll list some of my favorite things and perhaps you will share some of yours.
It makes me happy to hear children laugh. I can’t help but laugh too and it makes me want to sing with the joy of it.
Some types of beautiful music cause me to sing or hum along, and sometimes loudly!
Certain foods are delicious. I love many fruits and vegetables, but the experience of eating dark chocolate makes me want to shout out loud.
What are some of your favorite things; the things that make you so happy and grateful you want to sing or whistle or shout?
A story in the Bible teaches us that the disciples of Jesus felt this way too. As Jesus was coming down from the Mount of Olives, about to enter a village, the whole crowd of disciples “began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works which they had seen” (19:37).
Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!”
(19:39).The crowd wanted Jesus to order his disciples to stop praising God.
He answered, “I tell you that if these were silent, the stones would cry out” (19:40).
By saying this Jesus meant that the power and love of God is so great that if his disciples were asked to stop praising God, the silent stones would.
Look for those things that make you happy. Be grateful and thank God for them everyday.
Scripture quotations from the World English Bible
Copyright 2011, Richard Niell Donovan