I was reading in Daniel today and was so blown away by the prayer of Daniel in chapter 9. I love this stuff! I love reading things I have read time and again, but being surprised out of my fuzzy zebra slippers by words which I don't remember processing before!
"...we make this plea, not because we deserve help, but because of your mercy. O Lord hear. O Lord forgive. O Lord, listen and act!"
You can just hear the emotional pleading in these words. The utter humility and brokenness.
Those words - the first 14 there: "we make this plea, not because we deserve help, but because of your mercy" - are just embedding themselves in my heart during this advent season. As we prepare for the celebration of Christ's birth I am so struck with how deeply we - all of humankind - need help. We desperately need to be rescued from ourselves!
And every now and then we get a glimpse of our greed stained humanity and how we just have no right to ask a sinless and perfect God for anything.
This is what I celebrate as the excitement fills our home this December. I celebrate the "and yet".
The second part of that first sentence: "not because we deserve help, but because of your mercy".
Just let it pierce through the crazy of this month for a minute.