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Advent Day 2-Expectations

Monday, December 2
Pastor Karen Brau
Readings: Psalm 124, Genesis 8:1-19, Romans 6:1-11

Psalm 124
If it had not been the Lord who was on our side—let Israel now say—
if it had not been the Lord who was on our side,
when our enemies attacked us,
then they would have swallowed us up alive, when their anger was kindled against us;
then the flood would have swept us away,
the torrent would have gone over us;
then over us would have gone the raging waters.
Blessed be the Lord, who has not given us as prey to their teeth.
We have escaped like a bird from the snare of the fowlers;
the snare is broken, and we have escaped.
Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth.

Expectations is the theme that we are following this Advent. In Genesis 8, after 40 long days of rain, I wonder if Noah and all on the Ark expected that it would never stop raining! Sometimes our expectations are that things will change, and sometimes they are set on things never changing.

Psalm 124 gives us away to consider our long-term expectations.  My first spiritual director came to me in a time in my life when I was very worried about many things. She offered me a way of looking at my life over time – she called it my salvation history. She instructed me to write down in my life when God was active with me over my life. That’s often easier in retrospect! She promised this exercise would give me a truer sense of where God was, in the present. I received a deepened sense of faithful expectations.

I think that is what Psalm 124 offers us today – it has the people look back at their life as a community and in retrospect discerning where God was active.   They tell us, if God had not been there, we would have been killed or swept away.

There have been situations where I am sure that without God on my side I would not have made it through alive. And for that, I now daily praise the Lord!

Holy God, we give thanks that you travel so close to us that it seems as if you are at our side and on our side.  Bless us with the wisdom to know how you are on our side with unending grace and love. In Jesus name, Amen.  

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