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5 December 2017

 

Tuesday 5th December - 2 Samuel 7: 18 - 29

David – God’s generous presence

 

In just over three weeks, hopefully you will have some thankyous to make.  How do you go about doing this?  Do you favour a group text: “Thnx 4 th prsnts?”, a Facebook post to all your Friends and Family? A phone call? A long newsy letter with photos? I guess not many people manage David’s method: a long face-to-face sit-down detailing all the ways you are blessed by the gifts you’ve received; how amazing and wonderful you think the giver is; how they have changed your life. But just think how you’d feel if a friend or a member of your family called by to tell you all that - you’d really know you’d chosen your gifts well this year!

David, for all his faults, really knew where his blessing came from. And he was humble enough to know his limits and to give thanks to God for his generosity to him and his people. He was ready to set aside some time to focus on God, and reflect on what wonders God’s power, promises and gracious presence had brought about.

It is good to take time, particularly during this period of Advent, to ‘sit down before God’ and ponder the marvellous ways he has acted in our lives; to number all the undeserved good things we have received; and to give heartfelt thanks and praise to the Giver of all good things. And it is good to take time to show our thanks and love to those close to us.

This prayer of David’s glorifies God. May we give time to think how our prayers and thanksgiving this Advent will show the glory of God with Us.

 

 

For further reflection, please read “In Touch with God: Advent meditations on biblical prayers” by Michael & Rosemary Green, pages 18 - 21