Susquehanna Morning

Susquehanna Morning

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Advent 3 Tuesday: Sabbath

Peace, peace, peace.... to you, to yours, to our world. Peace.

Our reading this evening is Psalm 85, from the Common English Bible Translation.

85 Lord, you’ve been kind to your land;
    you’ve changed Jacob’s circumstances for the better.
You’ve forgiven your people’s wrongdoing;
    you’ve covered all their sins. Selah
You’ve stopped being furious;
    you’ve turned away from your burning anger.
You, the God who can save us, restore us!
    Stop being angry with us!
Will you be mad at us forever?
    Will you prolong your anger from one generation to the next?
Won’t you bring us back to life again
    so that your people can rejoice in you?
Show us your faithful love, Lord!
    Give us your salvation!
Let me hear what the Lord God says,
    because he speaks peace to his people and to his faithful ones.
    Don’t let them return to foolish ways.
God’s salvation is very close to those who honor him
    so that his glory can live in our land.
10 Faithful love and truth have met;
    righteousness and peace have kissed.
11 Truth springs up from the ground;
    righteousness gazes down from heaven.
12 Yes, the Lord gives what is good,
    and our land yields its produce.
13 Righteousness walks before God,
    making a road for his steps.

Those who wish to can click here for Lectio Divina instructions, and then return for the prayer.


On this day on which I slept very little, and have several deadlines looming, I am giving myself the gift of a sabbath from this very wonderful Advent practice. 

(I do love this psalm though. I love how it meanders between "God has forgiven us!" and "I sure do hope God will forgive us!" only to conclude with those beautiful verses of confidence, beginning with verse 10: 

"Faithful love and truth have met; righteousness and peace have kissed."

May it be so, Lord. May it be so.)


Creator of all that is beautiful, delicious, and good; give us such a sense of your love for us, that we will know in our bones that faithful love and truth have met, and righteousness and peace have kissed, in this our day. We pray in your holy name: Amen.

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