The Global Wave of Praise

Easter Weekend coincided with Major League Baseball’s opening weekend this year. Since I was a kid, I’ve enjoyed watching MLB games, both on TV and in person. (In fact, my two sons and I have a goal to visit as many baseball stadiums across North America as we can—we’re up to about 15 so far). wave 2

If you’ve gone to a Jays game, or any major league baseball game for that matter, you’ve probably witnessed “the wave.” It often happens late in the game, when the home team is so far behind that fans have lost interest in the game. So they do the wave.

One section of the stadium (usually the bleachers) starts it off: people in this section all stand and lift their hands in unison. Then, fans seated next to them stand and do the same thing. If it catches on, the wave of lifted hands spreads across the entire stadium.

wave praiseIt hit me on Easter Sunday morning as I headed off to church, that I was part of a global wave of praise. Starting in Tonga and then New Zealand, Christians gathered in churches (or homes in countries where church gatherings are illegal) to lift their hands in praise our risen Lord.

As daylight moved east, Christians in Australia had their turn to lift their voices and hands in praise. The global wave of praise continued to roll on across the globe, through Asia, Africa, Europe, North and South America. Christians in American Samoa officially finished the Easter wave, as praise literally circled the globe.

Next time you are at a stadium and see baseball fans do the wave around the stadium, let it remind you of the greater wave of praise that covers the entire earth. “From the rising of the sun to its setting, the name of the LORD is to be praised!” (Psalm 113:3).

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