A Hymn of Petition


First Sunday of Advent

Week of: December 2, 2018
Scripture: Psalm 25:1-10

I offer my life to you, Lord. My God, I trust you.
(Psalm 25:1-2a, CEB))


Prophesy: a vision of the future, thankful remembering, trust, readiness — these are themes in the lectionary readings for this Advent season. These themes are expressed in the readings as hymns or ancient poetry. This Advent we will focus on one of those ancient hymns each week.


The Hebrew 25th Psalm is an expression of devotion and petition: "I offer my life to you, Lord … I trust you." This is a power-filled opening statement; there is no questioning, no holding back. The writer of this hymn of devotion fully knows God as one who is faithful and present.

However, the psalm-writer is equally as bold in reminding God of God's own compassion and hesed — faithful love — as though God needed to be reminded. And, by the way, says the psalmist, "please do not shame me ... do not remember the sins of my youth or wrong-doing" (vs. 2b; vs. 7).

In these Advent weeks of waiting and anticipating, we should be no less bold through our songs, prayers, and arts in reaching out to God in thankfulness for Emmanuel, "God with us," offering ourselves ready to receive and respond to the renewing gift and presence of Jesus the Christ.


Guide us by your creative Spirit, Holy One, so that your nearness may be made palpable through faithful, artistic expressions of longing and hope, thanksgiving and peace. Grant that all who worship will be drawn to your Way, your pathway of holiness, justice, and peace.

Roger DowdyRoger Dowdy
Deacon, The United Methodist Church
CROSS-PATHS Ministries
Richmond, VA

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