Read Psalm 21.
We were talking recently during our UKIRK Tuesday evening Bible study about being a Christian in the world. We admitted it’s sometimes difficult, particularly on a college campus. One student said, “There’s a certain stigma that is attached to being a Christian in college and I want to live as a Christ follower, but sometimes it’s really hard.” And they are not wrong, either. Heck, it’s hard being a Christian minister in the world these days. I often find myself answering the “what do you do?” question with, “I work with college students.” I don’t always want to be associated with being Christian in the southern United States during an election year.
Psalm 21 tells us that God will take care of everything and everyone else if we take care of keeping our praise front and center. That’s why Christ came into the world and became human. To remind us that our focus needs to be on God and being a follower of Christ, a leader by our actions, rather than worrying about how we are received or perceived. God’s got the rest. I don’t know about you, but I’m encouraged by being reminded that we won’t stumble because we’ve got God’s faithful love in our corner.
Most High God, strength for today and tomorrow, be with us as we claim our space as Christians in this world. Sometimes it’s not easy, but then, you know that because you sent your child to experience that, too. Nudge us this Advent season, to trust the reality of your presence with us. Give us courage. Give us strength. In Christ’s name we pray. Amen.
Rev. Katie Barrett Todd
Executive Director & Campus Minister, UKIRK Greensboro