Posted by: abbiewatters | December 12, 2011

Expecting the Word – Advent Three – Monday

My Advent series this year will follow the Words Matter Advent study from the National Council of Churches. Download the whole booklet if you’d like, and follow along with the writings for each day. I’d love to discuss them with you. Also, here is a link to the Advent readings from the Inclusive Bible. I prefer the more inclusive language here, than the NRSV texts used in the study booklet (be sure to read the note on page 6).

Psalm 126

I really needed these words today, both from the Psalm and from the devotional. I’m surrounded on all sides by reminders that the promised reward from G-d isn’t here yet, but these words promise me the joy isn’t always “someday,” it’s also imminent.

We are bombarded with requests to give to those less fortunate, but this devotional echoes the words from Jan Edmiston in her blog this morning. “…most of us have impersonal relationships with The Needy.  We don’t personally know them, so why pretend we do (when we give gifts from the Angel Tree)?  Or better still:  Have a personal relationship with a poor person. Truly be friends.  Walk alongside them.  Make their poverty your own.  This would be the genuinely God-like way to spend Christmas.   It’s what God did.”

Maybe, if we got to know some folks, personally, who were struggling, we could help to really bring G-d’s deliverance, care and faithfulness to the rest of the world.

This would help to “set my captive heart free” and I could “shout with joy” about the good news of G-d’s deliverance.

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