Tell the heavens and the earth to be glad and celebrate!
Command the ocean to roar with all of its creatures
and the fields to rejoice with all of their crops.
Then every tree in the forest will sing joyful songs to the LORD.
He is coming to judge all people on earth with fairness and truth.
Psalm 96: 11-13
Reflect on the word PRAISE for a few moments.
My pulses join in a dance of praise! My senses feel celebration! Excitement makes me smile!
The North wind dances through wattle and gum.
The dry red earth sends spirals of dust whirling
The Kangaroo and the dingo forage for food.
The sight of birds flying to nest for the night brings me peace.
There is a calmness in the air as parrots and cockatoos, billabongs and bushlands, gardens and paddocks settle down for the night. There is the sound of traffic carrying people home. Tempting smells from a BBQ. A dad calling his children in for dinner. The burst of myriads of colours from fireworks. The year draws to a close.
I will welcome the New Year and rejoice!
I will reach out to opportunities and experiences with joy!
I will know that God walks with me!
Whether I am alone or in a crowd I worship you and celebrate all that you are to me. Thank you God!
© Ranjini Wickramaratne-Rebera
For a number of years, our dear friend Ranjini Rebera wrote Biblical reflections for the use of Gungahlin Uniting Church and others, usually for Advent and Lent. We were privileged to receive these, as Ranjini had a working history of writing and teaching on a global stage. Each time she completed the considerable work on one of these studies for us she would announce firmly, ‘That’s it. That is the last one I’m writing. No more. End of story!’ But as Advent or Lent came around again she would start hinting that she’d had an idea for a reflection – and she would write another one.
When she completed a Reflection for Lent 2021, we were not to know that this really was the last one. Ranjini died on 13 October 2021. We miss her intellect, her leadership, her vivid personality, her artistic gifts, her deep faith and her pastoral heart. We have lost some colour from our world.
The Gungahlin Uniting Church Worship Team, where Ranjini served for several years, offers Ranjini’s study material, first produced in 2015, as we give thanks for her life shared among us.