Sunday, December 16

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.

“It’s that time again!” “Here we go!” “It seems to come faster and faster every year!”

We always say that when the holiday season begins. We enter the season expecting joy and warmth, but also stress and personal strain.

With that in mind, reading the plea above to “do it again” may bring mixed feelings.

On the one hand, doing it again means we have to hit the ground running and try to keep up with the season’s demands. On the other hand, doing it again can be freeing.

How so? We are not asking God to give us a crazy season, we are asking God to give us peace and joy as we anticipate the celebrations of His coming.

“Do it again, God!” Let’s pray this prayer with the expectation that the season is not about our busy-ness, nor our ability, but rather God’s busy-ness and God’s ability to provide salvation and joy in the arrival of a tiny baby lying the manger.

Pray: It’s your season, your celebration, not mine. In Your grace, please remind of this daily. Amen