November 30, 2016

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Wednesday,  November 30th, 2016
Psalm 124; Isaiah 54:1-10; Matthew 24:23-35
By Jerry Erickson

If any of you have ever written one of these Advent devotionals, you have probably experienced my dilemma. I have read through each of the three scriptures several times, but still thought to myself: “What am I going to write?” Then I read again the passage from Isaiah 54 and just like that, verse 10 jumped out at me. I knew there was a hymn we have sung that mentioned “mountains may crumble”. I couldn’t think of the name of the hymn, and neither could my wife, Laurie. What do we do then? Google it. The first 10 – 15 responses were all the various versions of Isaiah 54:10. Then all of a sudden this comes up: The Covenant Hymnal: A Worshipbook, page 416….”Great Hills may Tremble”. Yes, this is the one! We have a Covenant Hymnal at home, so I looked it up and sure enough, #416, there it was! The words to this hymn reflect so much of Isaiah 54:10 that I close by writing several of the verses from the pen of Lina Sandell:

GREAT HILLS MAY TREMBLE

VS 1 Great Hills may tremble and mountains may crumble,

God’s loving kindness is ever secure;

peace he will give to the contrite and humble:

so says the Lord–his promise is sure.

VS 4   Teach us, O Lord, your commandments to ponder,

help us to heed them wherever we roam,

waiting the day you shall call us up yonder,

trusting your promise to carry us home.

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