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14 December 2017

 

Thursday 14th December - Psalm 22

 

In the midst of our Advent hope of ‘God with Us’, it is hard to read the opening verses of this Psalm expressing the pain of abandonment and desolation. The Psalm takes us forward to Christ’s suffering on the Cross, as he looks back and remembers these familiar words of Psalm 22.

And yet because it is from the Cross that Christ speaks these words, we are reminded that Christ has indeed come to be with us - in every part of our lives – even in pain and death. We are not abandoned and deserted by God. On the contrary, he has come to live with us, and die for us and remain with us through his Holy Spirit until the end of the age.

If we sometimes feel, in our own pain, that God is not listening to us, it may be that we are just unable to hear his still small voice of calm. For Christ has taken on the pain of being forsaken, and has banished this fear for ever through his resurrection and return to his place at the Father’s right hand. And once again in this Psalm, as in Psalm 2, we see the promise of the Second Advent: “All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the Lord; and all the families of the nations shall worship before him. For dominion belongs to the Lord and he rules over the nations” (Psalm 22:27-28).

This Advent may we remember that Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again!

 

 

For further reflection, please read “In Touch with God: Advent meditations on biblical prayers” by Michael & Rosemary Green, pages 59 - 64