Monday Devotional
Dear Tammy,
 
My friend and colleague, Darren Cushman Wood, has written a hymn based on Psalm 62.  The psalm speaks of the longing for God in difficult times.  It is filled with the honest longing for God’s presence and the hopefulness of a faith that refuses to give up.  As we enter the final week of Advent and the waiting for God that can sometimes be difficult, I offer these words of hope this morning.  For those who might prefer to sing it rather than read it, the hymn tune is WONDROUS LOVE, the same tune for the hymn, “What Wondrous Love Is This.” 
 
For God alone I wait, silently, silently.
For God alone I wait, silently.
For God alone I wait, my Rock, my Keep, my Safe,
Whose mercy always works silent, silently;
Whose mercy always works silently.
 
In days of Why, I ask: O how long? O how long?
In days of Why, I ask, O how long?
In days of Why I ask: Lord make your hope come fast
And quell the soul’s deep cry: O how long?
And quell the soul’s deep cry: O how long?
 
God will my refuge be, ’til the end, ’til the end.
God will my refuge be, ’til the end.
God will my refuge be who shall deliver me
And guard my aching heart ’til the end, ’til the end.
And guard my aching heart ’til the end.
 
I’ll shout and sing your praise, Mighty God! Mighty God!
I’ll shout and sing your praise, Mighty God!
I’ll shout and sing your praise ’til every trouble fades.
In you alone I rest, Mighty God! Mighty God!
In you alone I rest, Mighty God!
 
(Words copyright 2017 by Darren Cushman Wood.  Published by the General Board of Discipleship of the United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 340003, Nashville, TN 37203.)
 
In this final week of waiting, may our hearts be filled with a holy hope.
 
Peace,
  
Howard