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Dec 2: Be Still—Psalm 46:10

“Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10

I have always liked this verse but had an Oprah worthy ‘AHA’ moment when understanding its Hebrew roots. It is better translated as ‘let go, release, be weak.’ How appropriate to focus on this scripture at the beginning of Advent. How can we…

…be still amongst the hustle and bustle of shopping, parties, and baking.

…let go of the expectations we have of ourselves for a perfect Christmas.

…release any anger, bitterness, or un-forgiveness into God’s hands.

…be weak like the baby Jesus when the world is shouting ‘be strong or you’re nothing.’

I struggle to ‘be still’ in light of my need to perform to obtain worthiness. The allusion that the more traditions I check off, the brighter the Christmas lights, the more children’s events we attend, or the more presents we buy equals happiness is so far from God’s command to BE STILL. Perhaps what I am looking for in the doing can be found in the being this advent season. For me to ‘let go’ and know that God is who He says He is…and that I can be weak because he is strong.

Prayer: Dear God, we know in our heads you are God but often in our hearts we struggle with this knowledge. Help us to find comfort in the stillness, knowing you are the Word made flesh. By following your command of releasing, we can use those open hands to grasp and anticipate the reason for the season, Jesus. Amen.

Elizabeth Smith

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