Tuesday December 22 2015

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Scripture: 2 Samuel 7: 18-29

Key verse: (18) “”Who am I, O Lord God, and what is my house, that you have brought me thus far?”

Reflection: Today’s text is a prayer spoken by King David in response to a message from God delivered by the prophet Nathan. David was worried that the house he lived in was much grander than the tent where God resided (in the ark of the covenant). He wanted to build a proper place for God to reside.  Since God had given him so much, he wanted to do something for God.  His prayer is a prayer of thanksgiving and humility as David recognized God’s greatness. He hoped that God  would continue to sustain him and give him strength to do even more for God. What a marvelous response to God’s gift of steadfast love!

As we approach the end of the Advent season, how are we responding to God’s presence in our lives?  How is God claiming us and establishing Christ’s kingdom through us?  Do we stand in awe as we remind ourselves that there is no one like God?  God wants to save and redeem us in order that we might show others God’s great love and mercy. David had the courage to pray to God and ask for a blessing because he knew that God was faithful.  God continues to be faithful. Even in the midst of our struggles and challenges God remains. There may be times we feel abandoned or lost, yet God’s words and promises are true even in the midst of doubt and worry.  As we get ready to celebrate the birth of Christ, let us remember who we belong to and how God has promised to always be with us – Emmanuel.

Prayer:  Loving God, you are our stronghold. Help us when we lose heart and feel like you are far away.  Remind us that no one is like you – creator of the cosmos and lover of our souls.  We are grateful for your covenant with your people. Pick us up when we fall down, give us hope when we are discouraged and shelter us from the storms of life as we seek refuge in you. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Author: Deborah Conner

[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].

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