Advent – Psalm 80:1-7 – Bread of Tears

Psalm 80:1-7

1Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel,

you who lead Joseph like a flock!

You who are enthroned upon the cherubim, shine forth

2before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh.

Stir up your might,

and come to save us!

3Restore us, O God;

let your face shine, that we may be saved.

4O LORD God of hosts,

how long will you be angry with your people’s prayers?

5You have fed them with the bread of tears,

and given them tears to drink in full measure.

6You make us the scorn of our neighbors;

our enemies laugh among themselves.

7Restore us, O God of hosts;

let your face shine, that we may be saved.

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Sit is silent meditation five to fifteen minutes paying attention to the deep breath.
  • As you pay attention to your deep breath, lower or close your eyes as you feel led, focusing on your interior space.
  • Notice the tears in you.
  • Embrace the tears in you.
  • Release the tears to let them speak to you.
  • Invite the tears to feed you.
  • Journey toward the manger with tears.
  • Hear the good news of this Advent season.  Your tears will nourish you.
  • Give thanks to God for this gift of Tears and for any new insights you have received.
  • Share as you feel led in the reply box below.

Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday, December 23, 2018, the Third Sunday of Advent (Year C)
Micah 5:2-5a
Canticle Luke  1:46b-55
Psalm 80:1-7
Hebrews 10:5-10
Luke 1:39-45 (46-55)

(c) 2018 The Rev. Dr. Lil Smith, DASD.  Permission to use in not-for-profit settings.  Please give credit to author.

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