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You hear a lot of rustling going on at the end of the service during the alter call. You will hear the gathering up of Bibles and jackets, the checking of time to see if service let out on time. I loved how at a women’s conference I attended the host said, “I don’t want you to be quiet. I want you to be silent!” Despite all this, my attention still couldn’t be pulled from those two friends at the altar. I noticed each had a tissue in hand and they were unsuccessfully trying to capture their every tear. I couldn’t help but feel it right along with them; those offerings. Not an Old Testament flowing of blood, but of tears.

During our homeschool devotion time that week we had read and discussed these verses:

Praise the Lord from the earth, you great sea creatures and all ocean depths, lightning and hail, snow and clouds, stormy winds that do His bidding, you mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars, wild animals and all cattle, small creatures and flying birds…
Psalm 148:7-10

But He answered and said to them, “I tell you that if these should keep silent, the stones would immediately cry out.”
Luke 19:40

I explained to the children how the word YWHW isn’t really a word at all. No vowels are in His name, YWHW. These letters are the name of God in Hebrew. We have added vowels to make YWHW the word Yahweh, but really it isn’t a pronounceable word. It is the sound of our every breath. So, you can say you don’t believe in God, but your every breath is declaring His name.

Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!
Psalm 150:6

stonesThe only way to withhold His praise is to stop living. And even then the rocks will cry out. He IS worthy. He IS deserving, and He WILL be praised. Our only choice is if we will glorify God or let the rocks do it.

All of this breathing and all this shedding of tears looks like the giving of what is due, offerings and praise.

It has me thinking, why do I ever hold those tears back?

Jesus let His blood run as the ultimate sacrifice for me. Why would I ever hold back my offering of tears?

A few years ago I had thyroid cancer. The surgery left me with paralyzed vocal cords, which has narrowed my airway causing my breathing to be very loud. This is something I have been very self-conscious of. Everyone around me can hear my every breath. Now I am thinking, everyone around me can’t help but hear His name. YWHW!

Being ashamed of my breathing is being ashamed of His name.
Let us keep the altar stained and His name heard.

photo credit: J. Michael Raby via Flickr cc
Linking up with Thoughtful Thursdays
Gina Haney sums up her life with the same three words she titled her blog, ARelentlessSurrender.com. She lives where she never wanted, married who she never wanted to marry (a preacher), doing what she never thought she would do (homeschooling her children). Can we talk about how much she loves it?
  • Gina

    Thank you for having me. You did a beautiful job with my post. I’m greatful you allowed me to share.
    Hugs and Blessings,
    Gina

    • Thank you, Gina, for sharing! And for the kind words, I appreciate it. Hugs and blessings to you!

  • Dawn Paoletta

    Oh, this is one of my favorite verses and images as well…what a great testimony of His grace and sovereignty! Thanks Gina for sharing. I especially loved this line. “We have added vowels to make YWHW the word Yahweh, but really it isn’t a pronounceable word. It is the sound of our every breath. So, you can say you don’t believe in God, but your every breath is declaring His name.” So good!

    • Gina

      Dawn,
      I am so glad you enjoyed it. It means a lot that you were willing to take time from your life to read my post. Your words were swert like honey.
      Hugs and blessings,
      Gina

  • Holy Vacation Queen

    What a beautiful post thank you!