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Advent Greetings

All four Advent candles lit

 

1   Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel,
          you who lead Joseph like a flock!
     You who are enthroned upon the cherubim, shine forth
2        before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh.
     Stir up your might,
          and come to save us!

3   Restore us, O God;
日本一本道a不卡免费           let your face shine, that we may be saved.

4   O LORD God of hosts,
          how long will you be angry with your people’s prayers?
5   You have fed them with the bread of tears,
          and given them tears to drink in full measure.
6   You make us the scorn of our neighbors;
日本一本道a不卡免费           our enemies laugh among themselves.

7   Restore us, O God of hosts;
          let your face shine, that we may be saved.

17   But let your hand be upon the one at your right hand,
          the one whom you made strong for yourself.
18   Then we will never turn back from you;
          give us life, and we will call on your name.

19   Restore us, O LORD God of hosts;
          let your face shine, that we may be saved.
日本一本道a不卡免费                                                    ~ Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19 (NRSV)

The lament of Advent. We have reached the nadir of waiting. The nights are long and sap our joy. We have lost the joy of God's presence though God remains with us. We ask for Gods restoration, that we can live in joy and serve again.

How can these verses help us find the joy that is always there for us? How can we live into restoration?