Praise Be

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In letting go of all the things that don’t matter, we can truly savor the things that do.


Listen to my song “Give Praise and Thanks” on YouTube by clicking HERE.


Psalm 116:17

I will offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving and call on the name of the LORD.


You may recall that Jesus had said, “Go and learn the meaning of the words, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice’ (Matthew 9:13).

Jesus did not want us to sacrifice things, much less live animals, to placate God!

The lamb led to slaughter was the original scapegoat – the one on whom all the blame was placed and then killed so we could feel better about ourselves.

How sad!

Jesus knew that the only sacrifice God wanted from us was the “letting go” of our egos, the dying of our false selves, so that our true selves could rise.

“Unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat; but if it dies, it produces much fruit” (John 12:24).

And when we are free of our ego-generated masks, we are free to be the beloved children of God that we always were…but had forgotten.

It had been trampled over by the illusions and delusions of this world.

With this current COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve had the opportunity to survey the many things in our lives that simply aren’t important.

Let them go!

And then in the freedom of living as the beloved children of God, simply being, we will surely produce much fruit in the way of love, mercy, forgiveness and compassion.

Our lives will become a living offering of praise and thanks to God!

By the way, the word Eucharist comes from the Greek word that literally means thanksgiving.

Jesus gives all of himself to us in bread so that we can become that bread and be thanksgiving to the world.

May it be so!


Listen to the song of the day “Give Praise and Thanks” on the Give Praise and Thanks album by clicking HERE.

Stream and/or purchase my songs on Amazon Music by clicking HERE.

Purchase my book “Mercy Reigns: A Daily Devotional of Compassion, Comfort and Healing” on Amazon by clicking HERE.

Remember: God loves you!

About billtonnis

Child of God, Pastoral Minister, Chaplain, Music Minister, Jail Minister, singer-songwriter, author, activist, former radio news anchor, imperfect follower of Jesus inspired by God's unconditional love, proud uncle... what else is there?
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