During the season of Advent, people from our congregation at Martins Creek Mennonite Church have collaborated to create an Advent devotional.  Each entry has been written by one of our own, both young and old.  We hope these meditations are a blessing to you during this Advent season.

Psalm 80:2-3, 15-19                                             

The main thing that I get from reading this passage is that the Psalmist is crying out to God, asking him to return to His people and listen to their cries and their pleas.  At this point, it appears as though the Psalmist believes that God has turned away from His people and is ignoring their prayers and their anguish.  In vs. 2-3, we see a plea for God to awaken and turn back to His people and to restore them to what God intended them to be in order to spend eternity with Him.  Continuing on in vs. 15-18, we see the harsh reality the Psalmist faces: people are perishing.  The passage continues, asking God to send the son of man he has raised for himself, so that the people can be revived and call upon his name.

In short, this is a period of trial and tribulation.  People are suffering and the Psalmist is asking for the Son of Man.  How many of us are currently feeling as though God has turned his back on us and ignoring our prayers and our pleas?  It is important to remember that God never turns his back on us, and that He sent His son to come and die for us.  We can find serenity and tranquility in the fact that Jesus came to this earth and died for our sins.  Let us remember that that is the greatest gift of all during this holiday season.

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