I’m writing this devotion the day after the 2016 presidential election. We have a new President-elect. Some are celebrating, others are lamenting. Our nation has endured a long and embattled campaign, and we are tired. Now we hear speeches of the need for unity, for healing, for working together, for striving toward a better country. I’m not sure that we know how to get there; however, there is great expectation that the new administration will lead our nation.
The above verse from Psalm 122 is for the First Sunday of Advent. It has been a favorite of mine for some time. It is a word of hope and joy to go to the “house of the Lord.” There is great expectation in Advent, too. The expectation that the coming Christ child will bring peace and hope to a tired embattled world. In the hymn “Come now, O Prince of Peace” (ELW 247), we sing “make us one body…reconcile your people.” Can we be one reconciled body? It seems almost impossible. Yet, it is here that I believe our expectation is fulfilled in the midst of such division. Peace and reconciliation only come by and through the “Prince of peace.” It is “the peace of God that passes all understanding.”
How will we be reconciled and at peace with each other?
Let us pray.
“Come now, O Prince of peace, make us one body.
Come, O Lord Jesus, reconcile your people.”
Rev. Craig D. Miller
Washington Lutheran, Duncombe, IA
Christ Lutheran, Fort Dodge, IA