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Advent - November 29th

By Rev. Connor L. Thompson - Monday November 29, 2021

Monday, November 29th

This devotion is the written accompaniment to a video Advent message that can be viewed on our YouTube Channel by clicking HERE.

Connor Thompson
90 1-2 God, it seems you've been our home forever; long before the mountains were born, Long before you brought earth itself to birth, from "once upon a time” to "kingdom come”—you are God. 3-11 So don't return us to mud, saying, "Back to where you came from!” Patience! You've got all the time in the world—whether a thousand years or a day, it's all the same to you. Are we no more to you than a wispy dream, no more than a blade of grass That springs up gloriously with the rising sun and is cut down without a second thought? Your anger is far and away too much for us; we're at the end of our rope. You keep track of all our sins; every misdeed since we were children is entered in your books. All we can remember is that frown on your face. Is that all we're ever going to get? We live for seventy years or so (with luck we might make it to eighty), And what do we have to show for it? Trouble. Toil and trouble and a marker in the graveyard. Who can make sense of such rage, such anger against the very ones who fear you?

12-17 Oh! Teach us to live well! Teach us to live wisely and well! Come back, God—how long do we have to wait?— and treat your servants with kindness for a change. Surprise us with love at daybreak; then we'll skip and dance all the day long. Make up for the bad times with some good times; we've seen enough evil to last a lifetime. Let your servants see what you're best at— the ways you rule and bless your children. And let the loveliness of our Lord, our God, rest on us, confirming the work that we do. Oh, yes. Affirm the work that we do!


This Psalm is said to have been a song written by Moses. There probably has never been anyone who understood the power of God and the patience of God better than did Moses. He watched as he grew weary and often frustrated with his fellow people for not following God and being faithful to him. While at times God would punish, he often was patient and longsuffering with them. God is patient because he loves us but also because he does not count time the way we do. He is never rushed or in a hurry as we seem to be so often.


When we grasp the concept that God is beyond our limitations, it helps us have the reverence we should have for him. He is not bound by what we call impossible or by time constraints as we know them. Our lives are measured by minutes, days or years. When God created all things, he announced that the morning and the evening were the first day and then the second and so on. He gave us the measures of time but as part of the creation he is not bound by them.


What a blessing this is! God is patient toward us. While we may want to give up on ourselves or others, God is willing to give us time to get things right in our lives so we can be in fellowship with him. As with so many things, we are not to take undue advantage of his patience but O how we need it as we seek to be like him.


Use this advent season to take time to reflect, and see the Love of God revealed to you. This is such a crazy time in our culture, sometimes we may completely miss the love of God revealed to us. Take your time today, to reflect on how God's love has been revealed to you. If we can find God's love in our lives we can strive to be better stewards of the gift God has given us. If we see God's love, and share God's love in our lives, we will surely be furthering the kingdom of God.

 

Rev. Connor L. Thompson
Senior Pastor
First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Middletown, Ohio
pastorconnorlthompson@gmail.com

 



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