What Shall I Render?

Sue Rozeboom

Read: Psalm 116 What shall I render to the Lord for all his benefits to me? (v. 12) This psalm reflects on a narrow escape from death. An illness (maybe a disease as deadly as COVID-19) almost slayed the psalmist. The sting of death was felt, the victory of the grave imminent. Through every restless night and anguished sob, the psalmist kept faith. The sting of death was felt, but alongside this assurance, the death of God’s children is precious …

An Invitation to Turn

Sue Rozeboom

Read: Matthew 3:1-12 Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand . . . Bear fruit in keeping with repentance. (vv. 2, 8) Last Tuesday we reflected on “Living while Waiting,” prompted by Paul’s letter to a church harried over the second coming of the Messiah. Now, here we are again, though with an eccentric prophet in the desert shouting about the coming of the Messiah for the first time. Eccentric? That’s putting it mildly for a weather-beaten guy …

Living while Waiting

Sue Rozeboom

Read: 1 Thessalonians 5:1-2, 12-28 Hold fast to what is good. (v. 21 NRSV) Advent is the season of waiting. Waiting for the coming of the Messiah. Waiting for the day of the Lord. God’s people have done a lot of waiting. We’re waiting for the One who will put all wrongs to right so the whole world—every person, every bird, every blade of grass, every thing—may experience nothing but peace: calm, rest, shalom. We have been waiting ever since …