Devotions for Advent: December 6, 2014

Psalm 85:8-13

Anytime problems arise it’s easy to question the nature of a relationship. Is the pain worth it? Can we really work things out? What if I get hurt again? And yet, when your heart is invested and the love you feel is real and deep, all you can do is make yourself vulnerable, reach out in humility and pray for healing to come along.

The analogy doesn’t fit perfectly, but much of the same can be said of our relationship with God. God first reaches out to us. Yet we have an important role to play in ensuring that our relationship with the Lord is healthy and life-giving. We need to seek forgiveness for the times we have neglected or turned away from God. We need to recommit our hearts to Jesus.

We never know for sure what reconciliation will look like— with the Lord or with others. But the psalmist’s words describe one possible result: “Love and faithfulness meet; righteousness and peace kiss.” And slowly, slowly, healing begins.

Protect my relationships, Lord, and help me treat the people I love with care and respect. Amen.

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