By The Reverend Dr. Katie Snipes Lancaster
Did you see Julia Dale’s stunning rendition of Another Hallelujah last week? The persistent melody will walk with you the rest of the day. The echoed Hallelujah literally translates “Y’all (pl.) Praise Yah (God),” and yet Leonard Cohen places a mournful tune among that language of praise, word, and melody somewhat in tension with each other.
Praising God is an act of trust, a declaration of human need. Walter Brueggemann suggests that it is scandalous for anyone counted among the powerful, best-educated, affluent, or influential to engage in such pre-rational acts of praise. Hallelujah, Brueggemann proposes, is not about achievement, control or objectivity, but awe, astonishment, and amazement paired with mystery, gratitude, and an understanding that this life is a gift. Praise admits that so much is beyond our control. Praise he says, gives us a chance to gladly surrender all of life in gratitude over to God. Hearing Julia sing Another Hallelujah does just that: offers us another chance to relinquish all worries, gratitude, and life over to God.
Let us pray:
I love you Lord with all my heart,
You’ve given me a brand new start,
And I just want to sing this song to you.
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