Advent Reflection | Friday: Psalms 17-18; Jeremiah 4.5-31; 2 Thessalonians 1.1-12

From: Kelly Williamson

It's not often that I read scripture and actually recognize the text word-for-word. I remember story arcs, general themes, even sermons preached on certain passages, but I admit I'm not one who has committed much time to memorizing scripture. It always strikes me, then, when I do read a verse that I know by heart. It’s a shame, really, that I don't dedicate more time (okay, honestly, any time) to this spiritual discipline, because when I read a passage with which I'm not just familiar, but can recite, I'm overcome with a sense of comfort and assurance. It’s an almost emotional reaction, like the feeling you had as a child holding your security blanket (I type this as I watch my newborn contentedly snuggled up to a blanket as he naps). Today's Psalm reading evoked that emotional reaction in me, as it’s part of the prayer my husband and I recite most nights. Those who routinely go through compline from our prayer book will also recognize the words of Psalm 17:8, "Keep me as the apple of your eye. Hide me under the shadow of your wings." I know logically that it is a good thing to be well-versed in scripture. It equips me to resist temptations in the moment, fight spiritual evils, and combat challenges to my beliefs in conversation; however, it’s this emotional experience of comfort, familiarity, and security that will propel me into action and encourage me to dedicate effort to the enriching habit-forming practice of scripture memorization. 

I am the wife to Pete the kiwi, NEW mother to Malachi the little boy, and owner of a pup named Wicket, who turned two today (yes, I baked him a cake).