It’s cold here.
And the news is terrible.
And people we love are sick and hurting.
And it is Advent so we’re waiting.
But it feels like it’s been Advent forever.

“Restore us, O God;
          let your face shine, that we may be saved.” (Ps. 80:3) 

I overreacted yesterday.
I said the wrong thing.
Then I didn’t say something I should have.
All my relationships are messy.
And lots of them painful.

“Restore us, O God;
          let your face shine, that we may be saved.”

It feels like too much.
Too much for any one or two or two hundred people to do.
To repair.
To engage.
To heal.

“Restore us, O God;
          let your face shine, that we may be saved.”

And you see all of this.
You know all of us.
You hear our cries.
You feel our tears.
And I really hope you really are coming.

“Restore us, O God;
          let your face shine, that we may be saved.”

Oh, and please hurry.
Amen.

 

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Rev. Erin Counihan serves as pastor at Oak Hill Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) in St. Louis, MO. She is a contributor to the RevGals book, There’s a Woman in the Pulpit and blogs at http://www.somewhatreverend.wordpress.com.

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