December 4

Read 2 Samuel 7:18-29.

Well, okay then, David.

A humbly-starting prayer ends boldly. David decides to remind God of all that She promised to David and his descendants. And, given that God’s promises include the Messiah’s birth from the house of David, I don’t really think She needs to be reminded of much. David apparently disagrees with me.

Today is December 4th, the third day of Advent and also probably an exam day or a day near the end of your Fall semester. You probably feel like there’s simultaneously no end in sight, and there’s too much to get done because the end lurks around the corner. Fear not! If Advent promises us anything, it’s that God has chosen to be present with us. Remember that – God chooses to be with you, even in the midst of finals!

So, maybe we should take our cue from David here.

Perhaps we go to God boldly, reminding ourselves by talking with Her, that we can do it, that we’ll make it, and that God has promised to be present with us. David rightly says, “O Lord God, you are God, and your words are true.”


O Lord God! Your Word is everlasting. News of the Messiah’s birth foretold in the Holy Scriptures is not fake news, rather Your Word is true and Your promises are right. God be present. Now. Steady my spirit. Strengthen me to finish the semester well. I will faithfully await Your promise, the birth of our Messiah, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Rev. Katie Barrett Todd

Campus Minister, UKirk Greensboro

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