Yes, I know I’m writing this in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. There are still millions of people without power, hunkered down in damaged homes, cold and shivering. We here at PrayPower spent a prayerful week, holding up our own Ruth and her family who are blessedly well.

Why should we remember to praise in the midst of hardship?

Because we are God’s. His love is ours forever and always. And what better way to face the challenges and hardships of life then with God’s song in your heart? In this spirit, I would like to share the praise hymn chosen for my congregation this week by Pastor Carol.

Raise up your hands and sing! Carry this song with you out into the world and do God’s work. There are people out there who need you and the song of joy you carry in your heart.