December 15th Advent Devotional

Expectations

Melissa Guthrie Loy

Psalm 126

 On the eve or the morning of Christmas, many congregations will shout, “Joy to the World!” Based on Psalm 98, that hymn comes to mind here as the 126th psalm echoes, “The Lord has done great things for us, and we rejoiced.” Hymn writer Isaac Watts thought the Psalms pointed to the New Testament.

Psalm 126 can point us to the anticipated birth of Christ. With the shouts of joy around us and the implied expectations to feel joy during this Advent season, we can claim with our Psalmist that, “those who go out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing, shall come home with shouts of joy.”

Because of the birth of Christ, we can expect restoration. What a beautiful promise found in Christmas. What a beautiful song found in Psalm 126: the Lord did restore the fortunes of Zion. We can lean into the words of this Psalm with the expectation of restoration, even those of us who sow tears.

God of song, may our expectations be inspired by the Psalmist’s song of joy. As joy comes Christmas morning, may we know joy with each new day. May we hold in the light those who don’t feel joy for various reasons this Christmas season. May we all, at the end of the day, come home with shouts of joy because of the Christ who comes into the world. Amen.

Are there individuals who could use your prayers or visits as they long for joy in their lives this time of year? Make time for or hold space for those who don’t seem to be shouting “joy to the world.”

  

Melissa Guthrie Loy is the pastor for Salvage Garden and the Director of Congregational Life for First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), both in Greensboro, NC

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