Thursday, December 14

Psalm 126 (The Message)

It seemed like a dream, too good to be true,
when God returned Zion's exiles.
We laughed, we sang, 
we couldn't believe our good fortune. 

We were the talk of the nations— 
"God was wonderful to them!" 
God was wonderful to us; 
we are one happy people. 

And now, God, do it again— 
bring rains to our drought-stricken lives
So those who planted their crops in despair
will shout hurrahs at the harvest, 

So those who went off with heavy hearts
will come home laughing, with armloads of blessing.

“Do it again, daddy,” the boys would shout as Trey would whirl them overhead. I must confess, I had to look away, every spin and giggle took my breath away. It didn’t stop their fun and their begging for more.

“Do it again, daddy,” our son would say as his favorite toy had once again come apart. Daddy knew how to fix it.

The boys had such faith in their dad, they had no doubt that Trey could “Do it again.”

Today’s scripture displays a similar faith in God. Do it again, God. Make things better. Do it again, God. Give me some peace. Do it again, God. Bring us joy.

We can have that kind of faith, you know. The Bible is filled with God’s kept promises. As Dr. Olson tells his seminary students, “God will have God’s way in the end.” God makes promises and God keeps them. Go ahead, be bold. Ask God to “Do it again.”

Pray: You have brightened my life before. Do it again. Amen