Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Isaiah 9:8-17; Psalm 119:49-72; 2 Peter 2:1-10a; Mark 1:1-8

I’ve chosen to write about two of today’s readings: Psalm 119:49-72, and Mark 1:1-8. As I read them, they both talk about hope in God, and I think that’s particularly meaningful during Advent.

The writer of Psalm 119 starts out mentioning the hope God has given him. He also writes that hope is his comfort and God’s promises are his life. He is able to hope and trust in God because God has fulfilled the promises he has made. As the writer puts it, God has “dealt well” with him in the past. We can also find comfort and hope in God’s words and promises.

In the first verse of Mark, we read of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. In these verses, Mark writes about John the baptizer appearing in the wilderness. John tells the people that someone more powerful than he is coming and that he is not worthy to untie his sandals. God’s promise of a messiah, a savior is foretold in the Old Testament and by John. Someone is coming who will give the world hope.

In this world, we often encounter people and events that we can’t trust; they aren’t reliable. These experiences can make it difficult to trust that God is in control. Hope may seem difficult to find. But our God is a God of integrity and righteousness. His promise is one of life and hope. And he always keeps his promises.

During this season of Advent, we focus on God’s promise, the promise that gives us life. Unlike John or the writer of the psalm, we know the rest of the story. So, we wait to celebrate the birth of the baby Jesus and the fulfillment of God’s promise for a savior. As it always has been and will be, God keeps his promises and fills us with hope.

- Sue Reier

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