Advent Reading for December 5, 2021
by Gene and Claudia George

Zephaniah 3:17b
The Lord will rejoice over you with gladness,
he will renew you in his love;
he will exult over you with loud singing as on a day of festival.

Reflection
Bruce asked if we would prepare an Advent Reflection for December 5th.  This song of Joy found in the third chapter of Zephaniah is a perfect gift to us since December 6th is our wedding anniversary and also is Claudia’s birthday.  It is always interesting to see where an assignment leads as you read your scripture a few times.  To know that God cares about us so deeply that he would use singing as on a day of festival to celebrate the connection is a gift from above.  This time of year has always been a time of reflection as we move from Thanksgiving into Advent and also celebrate our wedding and birth.  We love music and the suggestion in Zephaniah that we could be part of a festival involving our Lord is very moving indeed.  Our wish for all of our friends at Pine Shores is that you would each be able to experience deep Joy during this Advent Season knowing that the promises found in the Bible are true and can be trusted.

Reflection Question:
What does it mean to you that the Lord will renew you in his love?

Prayer:
Dear Lord, thank you for the songs of Joy that are found in the Bible. Knowing that you will continue to renew us is a blessing we will treasure forever.  Amen.