Third Monday of Advent

I’m completely behind on the art portion of this experience that Mair is sharing with us. I’m disappointed in myself, but trying to give myself some grace. That’s what it’s all about, isn’t it? Grace?

Claudia Mair Burney’s offering for today:

Monday, the third week of Advent

 

“The Lord, your God, is in your midst, a mighty savior; He will rejoice over you with gladness, and renew you in his love, He will sing joyfully because of you, as one sings at festivals.” Zephaniah 3:17-18

 

This is a season full of song. Before Thanksgiving day some radio stations devote all their airtime to holiday favorites until January. We read of angel choirs singing “glory to God in the highest,” and open the doors of our homes to joyful carolers warbling “o come let us adore him.” But Zephaniah presents a startling contrast: instead of us singing of Jesus’ goodness, we get a picture of him belting out a festive praise song to us. Not only do we rejoice because of his salvation, he rejoices to save us.

 

Today’s expressive arts practice is to mediate on the scripture then sit quietly and listen to the Savior’s song. Answer with your own.

 

Song of my soul,

 

Zephaniah’s prophecy is good news! It’s astonishing to think that you come not only so that I can delight in you, but also so that you can rejoice over me! What a wondrous thought, that my salvation gives you immense satisfaction and pleasure. Help me to keep the image of you smiling, rejoicing, and singing a joyous song–for me–ever in my heart and mind. Renew me in your love.

 

Come, Lord Jesus.

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