Advent Devotional: Tuesday, December 11

Theme: Hurry Up and Wait

Tuesday, December 11

Written by Kim Williams, First Congregational Church of Fresno

Psalm 72:1-14

Take this Psalm:

Give the king your justice, O God, and your righteousness to a king’s son.

May he judge your people with righteousness, and your poor with justice.

May the mountains yield prosperity for the people, and the hills, in righteousness.

May he defend the cause of the poor of the people, give deliverance to the needy, and crush the oppressor.

May he live while the sun endures, and as long as the moon, throughout all generations.

May he be like rain that falls on the mown grass, like showers that water the earth.

In his days may righteousness flourish and peace abound, until the moon is no more.

May he have dominion from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth.

May his foes bow down before him, and his enemies lick the dust.

May the kings of Tarshish and of the isles render him tribute, may the kings of Sheba and Seba bring gifts.

May all kings fall down before him, all nations give him service.

For he delivers the needy when they call, the poor and those who have no helper.

He has pity on the weak and the needy and saves the lives of the needy.

From oppression and violence, he redeems their life; and precious is their blood in his sight.

Set a timer on your phone, on the stove, find an egg timer, an hourglass. What kind of time do you have today? Set it. Slowly read. Sit with it.

Read it again. Run your fingers across the words. The ink is flat, the page smooth, but what can you feel? Once read, do the words develop texture? Do you feel it in your fingertips? Your gut? Your shoulders? Your heart?

Is it still flat? Why is it flat? Get curious about why it may remain one-dimensional. Read it out loud and form your mouth around the words—especially the words you don’t like. Write in the margins.

Does anything stand out?

Sit with those words and concepts until the timer goes off. Move with them through the day.

Wait with the Lord, wait for the Lord.