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Daily Devotion - December 22, 2018

Psalm 80:1–7


1. Hear us, O Shepherd of Israel, you who lead Joseph like a flock; you who sit enthroned

between the cherubim, shine forth

2. before Ephraim, Benjamin and Manassah. Awaken your might; come and save us.

3. Restore us, O God; make your face shine upon us, that we may be saved.

4. O Lord God Almighty, how long will your anger smolder against the prayers of

your people.

5. You have fed them with the bread of tears; you have made them drink tears by the bowlful.

6. You have made us a source of contention to our neighbors, and our enemies mock us.

7. Restore us, O God Almighty; make your face shine upon us, that we may be saved.


Reflection by Darlene Wagner


Like the Hebrew peoples of antiquity, I have a habit of attributing my hardships to a distant, uncaring, or angry Deity. Since I’m susceptible to seasonal depression, I often “drink tears by the bowlful” during the holiday season. Both faith-practice and observation of Christmas traditions help counteract my seasonal sadness. The psalmist mirrors faith-practice in the refrain repeating in verses 3 and 7, “make your face shine upon us, that we may be saved.”


Hymn:


My Loved Divine Birthgiver, Mother,

I fall before you trusting your provision for my life