Alleluia Everywhere and Always

Thursday, December 19

12-19By Elizabeth Else of St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada

Jesus Christ, the embodiment of God’s shalom, invites all people to come and receive divine peace in the midst of the difficult questions and struggles of life. Follow Christ in the way that leads to God’s peace and discover the blessings of all the dimensions of salvation.

—Doctrine and Covenants 163:2a

Recently I viewed a video showing adults and children of a Native Alaskan village holding signs with the words of Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus. While sung by an unseen choir, a community member held up the matching syllable or word on a large card. It was a creative video done as a school computer project involving many different people in the village.

The participants were all ages, and the sequence of shots was filmed in many venues.  Children came down slides with syllable cards; people in stores held word cards. People, old and young and between, held cards in churches, schools, houses, in fields, and on the streets. They were in the post office, in cars, trucks and buses, and in the snow with dogsleds. Some were in a boat, in a stairwell and even in dumpsters. Each time a word was sung, someone popped up with card in hand with the right word, at the right time.

On the surface, it was a fun and even amusing project, full of expectation. However, as I thought about it further, I was touched by how it showed unity in diversity. People of all ages and skills joined in this presentation. It was also symbolic of the ever-present God of all. God is not just in the churches, but involves Divinity in all places and times of our lives: schools, home, and the out-of-doors. God is not just in our times of worship, but in all moments of our busy lives: learning, playing and even doing our chores. “King of Kings, Lord of Lords, Prince of peace; forever and ever. Alleluia! Alleluia! (quick, hold up your card) Al—le—lu—ia!”

Prayer for Peace
Thank you, God, for the gift of your Son. May we be expectant of his coming wherever we are and whatever we’re doing. May we be ready with joy and peace in our hearts to share.

Spiritual Practice for Advent: Love
Reflect on the love of God. How is it that God sent Christ to be “all our loves exceeding?” How do you see God’s love revealed in Christ? How is God’s love revealed in your own life? Think of ways you can express that love as you prepare for the Son of God—love’s pure light? Thank God for the ultimate gift of love: Jesus Christ.

Peace Covenant
According to the order of your word, God, I will be ready to respond at the right time.

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  1. Ginger Walker

     /  21 December 2013

    I would also like to view it. Can we find out where?

  2. Betty Robinson

     /  19 December 2013

    Sounds like a great video……and with a message to inspire us. Al-le-lu-iu

  3. mary chandler

     /  19 December 2013

    I would love to see that video. Where did she see it?


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