Psalm 85:1-7 —          

LORD, you were favorable to your land; you restored the fortunes of Jacob.  You forgave the iniquity of your people; you pardoned all their sin. Selah.  You withdrew all your wrath; you turned from your hot anger.

Restore us again, O God of our salvation, and put away your indignation toward us.  Will you be angry with us forever? Will you prolong your anger to all generations?  Will you not revive us again, so that your people may rejoice in you?  Show us your steadfast love, O LORD, and grant us your salvation.


from Wesley Howsare, First Christian Church, Moundsville

In this community lament, the psalmist recalls how God in the past had turned from His anger, forgave the people’s unrighteousness, and restored their land.  They now ask Him to do that again, to forgive them, and to restore them.  Since He has done that in the past, they are aware of His great mercy and kindness.  But they are not yet aware of the full extent of His love, mercy, and kindness.  For in the plan of salvation is the future coming of His Son as a babe in a manger, then as the sacrificial lamb for all of mankind.  We look forward to Christmas because it reminds us of God’s love for us all, the giving of His son. And with that first Christmas gift comes peace, hope, and joy for all of His children.

Thank you Father for your gift to us, given with love.