Psalm 33:1-3 – Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous! For praise from the upright is beautiful. Praise the Lord with the harp; Make melody to Him with an instrument of ten strings. Sing to Him a new song; Play skillfully with a shout of joy. (NKJV)
We have just returned home from the 150th year celebration of a little village in south-western Ontario. We joined others for a parade, the official opening, band performances, and a community dinner.
The parade consisted of antique and new cars, horse-drawn farm implements and the modern up-to-date sanitary truck owned by a local business, bagpipe bands, and several old-time groups who represented the social gatherings of the house parties throughout this area in bygone days. Several brass bands were also present. Many organizations, local church groups, and several family groups (dressed alike) paraded by.
After an official opening that consisted of the recall of many memories of the good times of the former days in this area, a band tattoo was performed. There was a mass pipe band from several different areas and a small brass band that played some hand-clapping pieces.
We sat on the side of the street in the lush greenery of the trees and grass, in the beautiful sunshine, among friends and strangers, young and old. May the Lord be praised for His constant mercies.
I couldn't help but feel that day that the people in this area were giving thanks and praising the Lord for the many blessings received over the past 150 years. Let's remember to praise the Lord for all our blessings.
Prayer: Loving Father, we thank You for the many blessings that we receive daily. We thank You for our fathers and mothers, grandfathers and grandmothers, and ancestors who taught us of You. Grant us strength and guidance to help future generations. This we ask in Jesus' name. Amen.