Seeking peace. Striving for justice. Together.
1. What promises of God does David proclaim?
2. Does God need this reminder?
Reflection: God promises that the path of God is steadfast and that God will instruct sinners (not embarrass them in front of their enemies) and lead the humble in God’s ways. I am thankful for that promise because I know my failures are numerous, and I am tired of being embarrassed by them. I long for the gentle instruction of a loving shepherd who will guide me forward without condemnation, facetiousness, and power plays.
Prayer: Merciful God, I have failed you. I continue to fail you regularly, and I know you are disappointed. Yet you never fail to love me and to encircle me with your protection, using me still to do your work in the kingdom. I praise you and give you thanks. Amen.
The 2013 Advent Devotions were written by Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) youth and their leaders at the 2013 Youth Triennium. Each day provides a lectionary-based Scripture passage, questions for reflection, and the students' responses.