Advent Reflection | Saturday: Psalms 19-21; Jeremiah 5.1-17; 2 Thessalonians 2.1-17

From: Gordon Curry

I don’t know if anyone else experiences this, but there are certain words, sounds, and images that remind me of distinct moments from my past. Psalm 20 is special to me because it leads me to very vivid moments that when reading, I experience those moments like they were yesterday. I remember being 19, in college, and reading that scripture in my alone time. A big part of this was me learning how to be with God, coupled with some heartbreak and grieving that I was walking through at the time. Have any of you had to learn to be with God in the middle of a struggle or loss? During that time, I really called into question my friendships in the Christian community I had come to know, I also found myself questioning my own personal worth because of what I was experiencing. I just didn’t feel good and I was in a constant battle to get myself to snap out of whatever I was in—and here I thought Christianity was about abundant life.

It was during this time in my life that I came across Psalm 20 and what I remember most was that this scripture felt like someone was praying words of blessing over me. Praying for my success, when I felt like a failure. Praying for God’s protection and help when all I felt was alone and abandoned. Giving me hope when I wanted to soak in a place where all I was aware of was the darkness. I was a mess, and it took some time to really become rooted in God to the level that was necessary. Psalm 20 was full of His promises and it helped me to see who God really is for His children. It helped me to see God really was, is, and always will be for me. I'm thankful for that time in my life, although struggles come and go, I'm reminded of His truth and strengthened.

My name is Gordon M. Curry. Man of many layers. Educator by profession. Musician by passion. My best is still yet to come. The same is true for you.