The Lord is gracious and merciful; slow to anger, and of great kindness.
Rich in love – that is our God. At a time when grudges seem to drain the character out of our nation, we sorely need to see more grace and mercy surrounding us. The psalmist reminds us in this Advent season that being of great kindness, showing compassion, and building community are at the heart of God’s character and why Jesus’ birth into a cold, cruel world was essential. It reiterates the covenant God made with humanity, and for this we are thankful. God doesn’t allow anger to rule.
As this writing begins, the message of God’s bountiful goodness is a focal point of this personal praise. Personally, my heart is filled with warmth and joy at the thought of God’s great kindness. It is because of God’s kindness and slowness to anger that I am especially grateful in Advent. It helps me to have a godly perspective on the emotions I choose to harbor. God is rich in love and wants me to bring about more love in my life and around me. This is God’s desire for each of us.
Prayer: Holy God, I am thankful for the richness of your love in Advent and always.
~ Rev. Dr. Violet Lee