Wednesday, December 1

Psalm 90:13-17
Come back, God—how long do we have to wait?—and treat your servants with kindness for a change. Surprise us with love at daybreak; hen we’ll skip and dance all the day long.”

Moses, the author of Psalm 90, was a man who clearly understood God’s will after speaking directly with God, but maybe the experience taught Moses more about people than it did about God. In a few brief lines he was able to capture some very basic human emotions: a cry for help, impatience, and whining. “Have compassion on your servants!” and “Come back, God- how long do we have to wait? -and treat your servants with kindness for a change.’”
As we walk through our lives we often fall into a habit of complaining, self-pity and just flat out fail to see the goodness we are blessed with. So many bad things seem to be happening all around us on a daily basis: crime, sickness, death, anger, jealousy, greed. That list is long and familiar to each of us. But these verses ask us to turn away from those negative, fear-based ideas and events and emotions in life and instead to reflect on God’s will with the accepting heart and mind of a Child of God. Consider the voice of the Psalmist Moses imploring God to “Let your servants see what you’re best at--the ways you rule and bless your children.” The Psalm turns from darkness towards light.
So, while Psalm 90 reflects normal human grumbling and griping, it also ultimately points to our New Testament Christ as the force who will change our lives today and into eternity.
In the words of Franciscan Friar Richard Rohr: “The crucified and eliminate or punish the mistake. He uses them for transformative purposes. People formed by such love are indestructible.”
This is my prayer: May our lives be transformed this Advent Season! May we be changed this day, this very moment during which God is still creating and seeking us out, so that we too may
be indestructible!
-Kent Miller

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