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 Praising God can mean the act of glorifying, worshiping the Creator. Also the demonstration of reverence and love to the Almighty.

In general, when mention is made of praise to God, the mind remits us to religious cloistered in convents and monasteries, who dedicate their lives to singing hymns, meditation and prayers.

However, as we turn to prayer, we find it to be praise, request and thanksgiving.

Is it possible for the ordinary man, with family, profession, so many duties to attend, externalize praises to his Creator?

We remember of a servant who lived in the abbey of Whitby, in England, in the seventh century.

He was a docile man, quiet and clumsy. In singing, for instance, he did not have any idea. When it was time to sing, on feast days, fearing that they would invite him, he would leave the room and lock himself in his little bedroom.

One day when the abbess invited the nuns to the sacred songs, the humble servant stepped shyly away from the dining hall and went to the stable of the abbey.

He sat in a pile of hay, thinking of his inability to sing the sacred hymns. Saddened by his own insignificance, he fell asleep and dreamed.

He dreamed that a man, handsome and imposing, appeared to him in the stable. He looked at him with tenderness, and, smiling, insisted for him to sing.

You can, Cedmon! – Said the man. Sing the work of Creation!

Cedmon started to sing, as he had never done before. When he was about to finish, he woke up. Impressed by what he had dreamed, remembering all the details, he finished the hymn.

In all simplicity, he went to the abbess and told her about what had happened, repeating the composition.

When hearing it, the abbess told him that he had received from God a special gift for poetry.

And she gave him some Bible passages so he could compose verses. He so well performed the task that, by the end of the day, she placed him in a monastery, as a monk, to study the scriptures.

Cedmon became the author of the most ancient poetries written in the English language. His verses were of an unknown force. The sweetness, plus the power of expression, gave a heavenly touch to it.

He had found a different way to praise the Lord.

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There are many ways to praise the Creator of all things. You can pray, extolling the many blessings offered, daily, by the Father of goodness.

You can compose verses exposing the beauty of nature; of musical pieces, that will beautify hearts, uniting them to praise.

You can record on a canvas, with the mastery of those who master the art of painting, the charm of a landscape, a sunset in colors of orange, red and gold. You can use the art of photography to digitally capture the dawn of a day of light, a solitary pine tree at the edge of the path, distributing pines to birds and men.

You can use of the cinematography and offer the world blisses of beauty, combining photography, animation and music.

Yes, there are many ways to praise the uncreated Creator, the Father of us all.

Praising is spreading, showing, announcing, propagating, publishing what is beautiful, great in the world: plants, trees, animals, human beings. The grandeur of life.

Let us think about it and choose the best way to praise God, our Father, thankful for the life we are given to live.

Spiritist Moment Team, based on chapter 11, from book
Mediunidade dos santos, by Clovis Tavares, publisher IDE.
March 22.2019.

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