Second Tuesday of Advent
Reading: Grab your bible and read Psalm 27
Though life sometimes gets very hard and painful, and we feel threatened by forces beyond our control, the Psalms offer the comfort of knowing that God’s people have always had to navigate these realities. In today’s reading, the Psalmist finds refuge in an intimate relationship with God, knowing that nothing that can happen will ever be able to severe the deep connection that God’s people have with God.
Three wonderful gifts arise from sheltering in God in this way. Firstly, the Psalmist discovers that worship becomes a source of life even in the midst of the turmoil. Secondly, flowing from the act of worship, prayer flows easily and honestly, because the Psalmist knows that God is near and is always caring. Finally, out of prayer, flows a confidence in God’s ability to bring life and joy even in the darkest of situations. These gifts were, essentially, what John the Baptizer was offering to the people as he prepared them for Christ’s coming. They were living in difficult times, and were longing for God to come and deliver them. John assures them that in the midst of the turmoil, God has not forgotten God’s people, and that they will know God’s presence, God’s confidence and God’s protection no matter what outward circumstances they may have to face, because God’s Sent One is soon to be walking among them!
In what ways do you need to be reminded of God’s gracious and sustaining presence today? How can you best open yourself to God’s presence and comfort? Alternatively, who might need you to be a John to them, reminding them that God has not forgotten them, but is coming to strengthen and save them? How can you best offer this message to them?
God, even in the most difficult times, you are always coming to me, always bringing your comfort and shelter for me to take refuge in. Thank you!
Help me to trust in you even when life gets hard and painful. And help me to find ways to be the agent of your grace and comfort to others who need your healing touch. In the many names of Jesus we pray. Amen.