Pondering for Thursday, December 2, 2021

Daily Office Readings for Thursday of the First Week of Advent: Year 2

Morning, Psalm 18:1 to 20; Evening, Psalm 18:21 to 50
Amos 4:6 to 132nd Peter 3:11 to 18Matthew 21:33 to 46:

“I called upon the Lord in my distress
and cried out to my God for help.

He heard my voice from his heavenly dwelling;
my cry of anguish came to his ears.” (Psalm 18: 6 and 7)

These words from Psalm 18 are just another affirmation of my long standing belief that God’s ears hears tears.

God, our loving Creator, has hardwired her humans to resort to crying when sorrowful or distressed.  When it happens, a signal is sent straight to God where God decides what, and when, divine action will occur. Crying is universal prayer. It matters not what the crier believes, or does not believe. We, all of us, are God’s own.  God fashions us as God wants. And so it is, when we cry, God is brought near.

We should not want to be sorrowful or in distress, but sometimes it happens. It happens through natural disaster, disease and human evil and sin. It happens and it causes hurt in our lives. These are times we must hold fast to our faith in God, no matter what.

Our Crying makes the place where we are, holy ground. I have come to believe that while God may not “fix” my woes in this life, there is another life that I hope to reach wherein the same God reigns. Yes, as the hymn goes, “Our God Reigns.”

As we listen to what the Spirit is saying to us, let us live to love, to serve, and to teach, while pondering anew what the Almighty can do. John

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