Psalm 25 is one of many psalms attributed to David. Psalms “of David” were not necessarily written by the shepherd king. Their designation as belonging to David is more an indication that they were to be recited in public worship. In this psalm, verse four expresses its central message: “Make me to know your ways, O LORD; teach me your paths.” As we enter into the season of Advent, we are on a path of preparation. We reflect on the meaning that Jesus’ birth has for our lives. We want to know Jesus’ ways. We want to immerse ourselves in Jesus’ teachings. We want to walk a pathway of a life worthy of Jesus—a life imbued with his love.

The selected verses from Psalm 25 conclude with this affirmation, “All the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness, for those who keep his covenant and his decrees.” Echoing the words of Jeremiah, the psalmists’s words are a gracious promise that by keeping covenant with God, our pathway will be characterized by steadfast love and faithfulness. The theme “LOVE Is Coming” returns in this psalm. The promise of love calls for faithfulness.

Love is coming in the birth of the One who will show us how to live life to its fullest. It is a life where love is central to our identity and our relationships with others. When asked how Christianity might take root in India, Mahatma Gandhi once told E. Stanley Jones, “Emphasize love and make it your working force, for love is central in Christianity.”* Love is coming, and Advent is our time to prepare for it, to live into it, and to make it our life force.

E. Stanley Jones, Gandhi: Portrayal of a Friend (Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 1948), 51.

Gracious and loving God, guide us in our pathway of preparation for the birth of Jesus into our lives all over again. Amen.

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Lectionary Week
November 22–28, 2021
Scripture Overview

As we prepare our hearts for Advent, the celebration of Jesus’ first coming, we remember in Jeremiah that the birth of Jesus has a deep background, a background rooted in God’s promise to David. Psalm 25, traditionally credited to David, speaks of God’s faithfulness to those who follow the paths of the Lord. David asks God to teach him to follow God’s paths even more closely. The New Testament readings actually point us toward Jesus’ second coming. Paul encourages the Thessalonians to excel in holiness and love while they wait. In Luke, Jesus discusses the coming of the kingdom in a passage that some find confusing. We note that he focuses not on the exact time frame of the arrival of the kingdom but on our need to be alert

Questions and Suggestions for Reflection

Read Jeremiah 33:14-16. How have you experienced the promises of God in your life?
Read Psalm 25:1-10. How has the Lord taught you and led you in the path of your life?
Read 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13. Is there a faith community for which you pray in joy? How else do you express your gratitude for that community?
Read Luke 21:25-36. How are you approaching Advent this year? What will you do to prepare your heart?

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I join many of those who will pray for you as you seek to discern what you are called to be at this moment. May God grant you the courage to fulfill that calling. May we all open our eyes and see the misery, open our ears and hear the cries of God’s people, and, like God through the Lord Jesus Christ, be incarnate amongst them.” 

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