Advent Devotionals - December 20th

Gradual
“The Lord is nigh unto all them that call upon him: yea, all such as call upon him faithfully. My mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord: and let all flesh give thanks unto his holy Name.”
 
Humanity relies on communication. Whether we are trying to get a job done, build a relationship, or to learn, we need communication. It may not always be verbal, but communication is key.

This necessity of communication though leads us to one of the basic annoyances we have in life. We thrive to talk to others and to listen to others. But it can really hurt when we feel we aren’t being heard. When it feels like our words are going in one ear and out the other of the person to whom we are talking.

Not being heard makes us feel insignificant and unimportant. We are belittled as the idea of being unworthy of someone else’s time creeps into our thoughts.

The sad thing is this happens to everyone. And it happens all the time.

But it is this reason that our Gradual for today is that much more amazing. The first sentence comes from Psalm 145:18.

The Lord hears all who call upon Him. Yea, all who call upon Him faithfully.

Sometimes we feel like our family members don’t hear us. Nor do our friends nor our significant others. And it can be frustrating.

But God always hears you.

When we call out to Him, he hears us. He may not always respond in the exact way we want Him to, but He hears us. We often attribute the phrase to God that He “has bigger fish to fry”. But He doesn’t. God does not leave us to fend for ourselves. He hears us and He responds to us.

It truly is amazing what the Creator of the universe is willing to do for us. Especially as we are mere days away from Christmas. Not only does He hear us when we call upon Him, He has already responded to our cries for salvation.

And it is for this reason that we follow the second part of this Proper. It for this that we proclaim Psalm 145:21 and we shall forever speak the praise of the Lord and let all flesh give thanks to His holy Name.

Fr. Spencer Stubblefield

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