There’s an Amy Grant song I absolutely hate. Lyric-wise it’s probably one of the worst Christian songs I’ve heard. The honest cries of breaking hearts are better than a hallelujah sometimes? She’s basically saying God loves our honesty and brokenness more than our praise, but I don’t think that’s right. Because I think us honestly telling God how we feel should complement our hallelujahs, but never replace them. I remember hearing a friend say that when he felt down he would find things to praise God for, like a table or a chair or the roof over his head, and I think that’s what God loves – authentic praise; when things are going well, and in the midst of heartache.
When you reflect on someone’s limited time on this earth, you’re reminded of how important it is to take an extra-deep breath of fresh air and make the most of the time you’ve got. I was originally going to put this quote from Pope John Paul II under H for hallelujah, but it fits in well with ‘Zest for life’. “Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song.”