Stir Up…

From Trinity Lutheran Church’s “Advent, a Journey of Watching and Waiting”

“Stir up your might, and come to save us! Restore us, O God; let your face shine, that we may be saved.” (Psalm 80:2b-3)

 

If you listen carefully during this Season of Advent you will hear a refrain in our Prayers of the Day, those prayers that lay the foundation for each worship service.  Each one of them begins with this imperative, “Stir up.”  Stir up your power; stir up our hearts; stir up the wills of all who look to you.  For four weeks we ask God to stir up this world, including our very selves, in preparation for something new—a new kind of king, one who meets us in our weakness; a new kind of justice, one where it is no longer an eye for an eye but a turning of the other cheek; one where weapons are put down and the lion is at peace with the lamb.  This sounds glorious but when we start to put it into practice, any romanticism we have quickly falls away.  We can despair easily until, until, until we pray once again, “Stir up your power, Lord Christ, and come.”  And in our praying we are reminded once again that this is not about us.  We are not alone.  All things are possible through Jesus Christ, whose coming we await.  That is one of the most wonderful things about prayer, the way that it changes us.  In the praying, things begin stirring up in me—hope, love, ideas, praise and thanksgiving.  I trust that God will stir up wonderful things in you and in our world each Sunday when we pray together. – Pastor Meggan Manlove

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