Thoughts for the Day

Monday, 15th November 2021: Signs without words

God Praise Psalm 47 Thanks

Reading : Verses from Psalm 47

Clap hands

Clap your hands, all you peoples;
shout to God with loud songs of joy.
For the Lord, the Most High, is awesome,
a great king over all the earth....

God has gone up with a shout,
the Lord with the sound of a trumpet.
Sing praises to God, sing praises,
sing praises to our King, sing praises.
For God is the king of all the earth;
sing praises with a psalm.

(Church in Wales Lectionary, New Revised Standard Version)


Every autumn in the UK for some years 'Strictly Dancing', a dance competition, has been on television every weekend. This year one of the competitors is a deaf actress who uses sign language. All those on the programme have had to find a way of 'speaking' to her, and have discovered how to say thank you with the click of a hand to the chin, or to show appreciation with the twisting wave of two hands using, British Sign Language.

We all use our bodies and our faces to express disgust or happiness, or a hundred other such emotions. The question is how do we show our thankfulness or pleasure for what God does for us in this way? Perhaps the following might help - try saying them aloud and carrying out the actions at the same time, after all we know that reading, saying, and doing something helps us to remember things much better than just reading the words:

Thumbs up, for God gives us our world:

Clap hands for God who provides the sun and rain......

Hand clapping

Show 'love' sign that God provides trees, flowers, animals....

Happy sign

Raise your arms to praise God for He loves You....

Happy arms


Heavenly Father,
help us to use all of our
mental and physical abilities
to thank You,
and never to forget
all that we owe You each
and every day.

Follow Up Thoughts

You might like to look up this article from the Anglican Church in Canada at using our bodies in prayer:

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