You say “Alleluia”…I say “Hallelujah”

182493062“Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting: “Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns.”

(Revelation 19:6)

“And even though it all went wrong
I’ll stand before the Lord of Song
With nothing on my tongue but Hallelujah”

(Leonard Cohen – ‘Hallelujah’)


With a shout of “Hallelujah” I give a silent word of thanks for a favorable medical outcome for a friend. A wonderful Christmas blessing…a gift…a “thank you”.

When we say this word, what exactly are we saying?  It’s not an English word, it’s a combination of two Hebrew words: Halal, which means “praise”…and Jah, which is the shortening of Jehovah, a name of God.

Isn’t it interesting that even those who claim to be non-believers still say this word or something similar when relief is felt?  “Thank God”…”Amen”…”Hallelujah.”  It seems to be a reflex reaction of thanks.  Makes you think a little, doesn’t it?

I believe that within the soul is a mark that was placed there before the beginning of time – it knows to Whom it belongs.  And when a cry for help or a shout of relief goes out – it knows exactly where it’s being sent.  You just, literally, can’t help yourself.

At this time of the year when the Christian celebration of Jesus’ birth surrounds us, I can’t help but think that the reluctant souls feel a little pin prick of a nudge toward truth.  It doesn’t like it – it doesn’t want to be pushed…yet, there it is.

Perhaps that’s why there seems to be a wish to wipe all traces of God from our society these days.  Try as it may, it will fail.  The soul knows.







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