Praising God and giving thanks is part of our spiritual practice as Christians. God has been gracious to us so we offer our songs of gratitude and lift our voice in hallelujahs.
But let us be real for a moment, life is not a box of chocolates. Our hallelujahs are often times muted by the reality of difficult circumstances in our lives. Sometimes our song of praise is tempered by a present sadness that things are not as we had expected them to be. So we sing our song of broken hallelujahs and we can trust that God sees the heart of each of our desires.
Leonard Cohen reminds us that there are many types of hallelujahs. Sometimes our praise is bathed in a baptism of glitter and shouts of joy. And sometimes our praise is cold and broken. These are the types of hallelujahs that sing forth from our mouths this Advent season. Some of us are dancing and some of us are crying. Some of us are rejoicing and some of us are barely hanging on.
These are our broken hallelujahs and they all belong. The beauty of the Christian faith is that you don’t have to offer a hallelujah that isn’t honest. God meets us where we are. So whatever type of hallelujah is on your tongue today, Jesus is with you. That’s the story of Christmas, God with us.