Restore us, O God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved.” vs. 7Psalm 80:3-7
When things were going bad for the people of Israel, something that happened with some frequency, it was not unusual for their prophets and psalmists to yearn for restoration. In recent years we’ve even seen that theme used as a political slogan as some have lifted up their voices to urge that America be made great again. Such persons remember a time of prosperity and global strength, and they yearn for the blessings of that past to return. And while such collective memories can’t necessarily be trusted, and what were good times for some were bad times for others, there is no doubt that all people have moments when they pray fervently for restoration, not only for themselves but for those they love. This is the essence of healing, both of body and soul. When we’re sick or disabled, and the feeling of wellness has become a memory, we yearn to feel good again–we want the cancers gone and the anxieties to disappear. And when we begin to see signs of restoration our spirits soar and we sense that salvation is at hand. It really is a delight to move through that process of restoration–and, as each day brings a new sign of healing, it seems almost magical. Sometimes we’ve been so far down that we can’t even remember what it felt like to feel good, and when that healing moment comes the joy is overwhelming!
Thought for the Day: How has restoration touched my life?