He Will

The first lesson for Sunday, December 13, 2009 is from a rather obscure prophet:  Zephaniah. 

The images presented in this passage are not your typical prophetic passages of repentance.  In Zephaniah, we read things like, “he will rejoice over you with gladness, he will renew you in his love; he will exult over you with loud singing as on a day of festival.”  Zephaniah 3:17b-18a

Most people’s religious imagination allows for the idea that one can be so moved by God’s goodness that one might sing and rejoice.  In fact, our Advent readings this year are full of human singers:  Mary, Elizabeth, Zechariah, Simeon…

But how many people’s religious imagination allows for the idea that God can be so moved over the restoration of relationship that God sings over the people?   That God is the one with heart overflowing?

Lord of each joyful song, renew us in your love.  Amen.

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