Yesterday became the season of Advent- one of my favorite times of the year. This weekend was full of Thanksgiving festivities including me hosting over 20 people in my home on Saturday afternoon and my church community hosting another dinner yesterday. I have eaten enough food for the rest of the month and feel so encouraged by the people I consider friends here in Prague.
Each day, for the next 24 days I will be reading scripture that having a regular rhythm of prayer every evening. Celebrating, fasting, and meditating on what this season of anticipation and hope is all about.
Week one’s theme for Advent is HOPE. Today’s reading is Psalm 42:
“As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God? My tears have been my food day and night, while they say to me all the day long, “Where is your God?” These things I remember, as I pour out my soul: how I would go with the throng and lead them in procession to the house of God with glad shouts and songs of praise, a multitude keeping festival. Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God. My soul is cast down within me; therefore I remember you from the land of Jordan and of Hermon, from Mount Mizar. Deep calls to deep at the roar of your waterfalls; all your breakers and your waves have gone over me. By day the Lord commands his steadfast love, and at night his song is with me, a prayer to the God of my life. I say to God, my rock: “Why have you forgotten me? Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?” As with a deadly wound in my bones, my adversaries taunt me, while they say to me all the day long, “Where is your God?” Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God.”