From Rev. Magdalyn Sebastian, Wheeling First Christian Church

Read Psalm 85:1-7

 1 LORD, you were favorable to your land; you restored the fortunes of Jacob.
 2 You forgave the iniquity of your people; you pardoned all their sin. Selah
 3 You withdrew all your wrath; you turned from your hot anger.
 4 Restore us again, O God of our salvation, and put away your indignation toward us.
 5 Will you be angry with us forever? Will you prolong your anger to all generations?
 6 Will you not revive us again, so that your people may rejoice in you?
 7 Show us your steadfast love, O LORD, and grant us your salvation.


            Late at night she paced the house.  Raggedy nightie. Christmas lights blinking around the windows.  The hum of the refrigerator and the ticking of the clock her companions in this lonely ritual.

            The problems of the day, of her life, weighed on her stooped shoulders.  Her mind ran repeatedly over the worst of the “what if’s” – those things that seemed inevitable, impossible, and immutable.

            After she chased her problems around in her mind for the hundredth time, she sat on the worn recliner.  With head in her hands, she cried, “I can’t do this, Lord! Help me.  Save me.”

             The holiday season seems to amplify our life issues: not enough money for heat or gifts, the empty chair of our lost loved one, the child lost to drugs or alcohol or worse.

            During this Advent season we await to embrace the Christ child who will restore us, who will make us whole.  Our problems may still confront us the Christ child will save us from despair, allowing hope to wash over us.

Restore us O Lord.  Make us whole.  Help us to remember your saving acts and be filled with hope.



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