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Devotion - December 22, 2019

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 Manasseh. 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 The Psalmist here entreats the Shepherd of Israel for joy in the midst of sorrow. Due to the short day length, materialism, lack of accepting family, etc., December is a sorrowful month for many of us. In prayer and quiet moments, we find solace. “Weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning” (Psalm 30:5), is a fine meditation for people like myself who struggle with seasonal depression. Here in this psalm, “Restore us, O God (or Goddess?), make your face shine upon us”, also provides words of healing. Invocation:

I welcome you, Bright Lord Above, Midst winds, clouds, mountaintops, and rays of sunshine! I long for your love’s light — hail and welcome!



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