Read Psalm 94:14-19. What stood out to you in this reading of the text?
Today's scripture was lovely and comforting and an important reminder of God's care. The author of the devotional booklet continues to present, in her prayers, an essential aspect of God. Addressing God as a stabilizing God brought into focus this important nature of the divine.
Amy, I am also finding comfort in the verses. So many of the Biblical references for this devotional have been about the steadfastness of God and his love for us.
The author's prayers at the conclusion of the entries often seem to bring things around to our own lives, and I appreciate her making that connection for us.
How wonderful that God’s love is unconditional and all-encompassing! He is there with us even if we are not where He would prefer that we be. That’s awesome! How glorious that we have that assurance on which to rely! This is one instance, certainly, in which reality is so much better than the movie.
The beginning of the devotional entry made me chuckle–at myself! When I first read the title for today, my mind immediately responded with the shout, “Ghostbusters!” Yep, I knew the lines. Then, later, the author talks about shouting the same response when she was in high school. I think I’d be better off with memorizing Psalm 94, but the Ghostbusters Q&A is a part of me.
Later in today’s reading, though, I was really struck by the line, “It’s a fabulous movie, but a terrible life plan.” Hmmm. . . I think that applies not just to Ghostbusters.
We hear of many people feeling disappointed with reality because it doesn’t live up to the expectations brought on by representations in movies, television, and other media. When we allow ourselves to become so immersed in the false “reality” of the media, we can lose sight of the wonders that our authentic lives have to offer, such as God’s enduring presence and unfailing love. He, the Master of the Universe, will be steadfast and not abandon us! What could the media promise us that would be better than that?!
During Advent, many of us find ourselves caught up in the hustle and bustle of the expectations of the season. But it doesn’t have to be perfect like the holidays can seem to be in the movies. The author concludes, “When anxiety overwhelms, God consoles, holds you up, and invites you into a life of peace and joy.” Amen!