I love parades
What famous parades can you think of? Here are a few off the top of my . . . blog thoughts:
- The Rose Bowl Parade
- The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
- Any St. Patrick’s Day Parade
- Any United States Independence Day Parade
- The Bud Billiken Parade (What? Never heard of that one? It is named for the pseudonymous writer of a column devoted to youth in the Chicago Defender Newspaper in the 1920’s and 30’s. He became a symbol of pride, happiness and hope for African American people. This Chicago parade has been held – and continues to grow, since 1929)
This week’s Bible reading from Psalm 126 is either a song sung as the people of Israel returned from Exile or a song sung (maybe even during a parade) to commemorate and celebrate that return. It’s filled with jubilation, remembrance of deliverance from hardship and unhindered shouts of joy.
I don’t want to think anymore about what other kinds of meaning might be in this Psalm. I think I just want to breathe in deep and smile.
Would you like to smile today, too?