Today's appointed Psalm 80 has this wonderful refrain, "Restore us, O God: Let your face shine, that we may be saved." I reflect about this in the last Advent days leading up to Christmas.
Advent is a beautiful time of waiting, wondering, wandering and of wanting. In every sense, I cry out to God to be restored. That sense of deep longing for not only me, but us, to be restored, made whole, refreshed, re-newed.
With this refrain, we can remember that it is in the shining of God, the shining face of Christ in every person we meet, in the shining parts of creation around every turn, that we see a glimpse of wholeness, of God's saving grace.
"Restore us, O God: Let your face shine, that we may be saved." Amen