“Lord, you were favourable to your land; you restored the fortunes of Jacob. You forgave the iniquity of your people; you pardoned all their sin.” (Psalm 85:1-2)
We have our foot firmly planted in December now. Already there is a count down to Christmas. But according to the lectionary, we still have miles to go. Our Lord intends, though, that they be pleasant miles. And if the times are tough, we can call on God for the Spirit’s presence. And we can call on friends for their presence. We are coming into the days of blessing; and it is my pray that they are blessed for you, beloved reader.
“Let me hear what God the Lord will speak, for he will speak peace to his people, to his faithful, to those who turn to him in their hearts.
Surely his salvation is at hand for those who fear him, that his glory may dwell in our land.
Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet; righteousness and peace will kiss each other.
Faithfulness will spring up from the ground,and righteousness will look down from the sky.
The Lord will give what is good, and our land will yield its increase.
Righteousness will go before him, and will make a path for his steps”. (Psalm 85:8-13)
The verses from Psalm 85 are intended to remind us of the good, and anticipate for more good to follow. When salvation is available to all people; when love and faithfulness fills each person’s heart. And when peace and good will is a reality for all. Are these not the wishes for Advent and Christmas? But we must not make the mistake, beloved reader, of thinking that things will come of their own accord. We must do our part, while we wait, to make sure that there is peace, good will, and compassion. Let it start with us, and let it be part of our preparations for Advent and Christmas. Selah!