Scripture Readings: Psalm 30:1-12

I will exalt you, Lord, for you rescued me.
    You refused to let my enemies triumph over me.
O Lord my God, I cried to you for help,
    and you restored my health.

You brought me up from the grave,[a] O Lord.
    You kept me from falling into the pit of death.

Sing to the Lord, all you godly ones!
    Praise his holy name.
For his anger lasts only a moment,
    but his favor lasts a lifetime!
Weeping may last through the night,
    but joy comes with the morning.

When I was prosperous, I said,
    “Nothing can stop me now!”
Your favor, O Lord, made me as secure as a mountain.
    Then you turned away from me, and I was shattered.

I cried out to you, O Lord.
    I begged the Lord for mercy, saying,
“What will you gain if I die,
    if I sink into the grave?
Can my dust praise you?
    Can it tell of your faithfulness?
10 Hear me, Lord, and have mercy on me.
    Help me, O Lord.”

11 You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing.
    You have taken away my clothes of mourning and clothed me with joy,
12 that I might sing praises to you and not be silent.
    O Lord my God, I will give you thanks forever!

Several years ago after purchasing a chronological bible with nice coloring pages and graphics, I began using the NLT (new living translation) bible. This translation and studying the bible historically was life changing. So much so that I have struggled moving into the new testament. Old testament history is my jam. These words from Psalms were written for the dedication of the temple. The temple was rebuilt twice in the old testament, once by King Solomon, and then later after the great Babylonian exile. I’m sure this psalm was used in both circumstances. Having psalms of celebration are important to worship. The words in particular are lovely reminders to those that struggle with chronic pain; He is the great healer, the one to help us restore our health. As we move forward in our advent journey preparing our hearts, having a psalm of dedication in our pockets can be quite meaningful for worship though out this season.

Nativity Fast

Lets talk soup. This time of year, soup is one of those meals easy to make for the whole family, can include lots of veggies, easy to make vegan, and who doesn’t love soup when the weather first turns cool. One of our favorite plant based soup recipes is a butternut squash soup recipe created by Gimme Some Oven, https://www.gimmesomeoven.com/slow-cooker-butternut-squash-soup-recipe/. You will find that the whole process of finding vegan recipes quite fun. There are some great artists/ chefs that do all the work for you, post amazing free recipes, and love sharing within the community. This recipe does call for an Instapot. I highly suggest purchasing one if plant based eating is your new thing. It’s great for beans too. Share with us any other great soup recipes you find or have in our repertoire. Let’s get through this together.