Week of July 16, 2023

Week of July 16, 2023
Fr Aidan Peter Writes:

Fr. Aidan Shares:


I’ve been looking for a suitable word to praise you, Lord. Something enthusiastic

but not too formal, the sort of happy shout
a child gives to its mother.
I’ve tried Hallelujahs, Glorias and Hosannas, but really, what I’d like is a word
from my own language, a word that is me.
If I were a bellbird, I’d fill my throat
with ecstatic song. Or, as a lamb,
I could fling myself into a spring dance.
As a mountain stream I would spill out inarticulate babblings of joy.
And if I were the sea, my waves would explode in a thunder of love for you.
Lord, you overwhelm me with your great goodness. Praise should not be difficult and yet
I can’t find the exact word. Perhaps
it doesn’t exist, though if it does,
I’m sure that it sounds like “Yippee!”

Joy Cowley, from “Aotearoa Psalms”

May God bless you, your families, and the week ahead,

Fr Aidan Peter