A Harvest of Joy, A Song of Ascents.
1″ When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion,
we were like those who dream.
2 Then our mouth was filled with laughter,
and our tongue with shouts of joy;
then it was said among the nations,
“The Lord has done great things for them.”
3 The Lord has done great things for us,
and we rejoiced.
4 Restore our fortunes, O Lord,
like the watercourses in the Negeb.
5 May those who sow in tears
reap with shouts of joy.
6 Those who go out weeping,
bearing the seed for sowing,
shall come home with shouts of joy,
carrying their sheaves.”
Our mother/grandmother left this Earth unexpectedly on the first day of October, 2009. She loved the Advent season, always reveling in the time spent with family and friends and the excitement of picking out the perfect Christmas gift. The one she picked for us was always the same. Our beloved family favorite, a “turkducken” shipped straight from New Orleans. Two days before Christmas, we were missing her immensely. Struggling with the overwhelming grief of her physical loss as well as the void her shining spirit always filled the season, we almost didn’t open the door to a knock we had just received. We peeked through the curtain and were surprised to see a box sitting on our porch. Cheered momentarily at the idea of an unexpected box, we ripped it open to find none other than a “turkducken!” You can’t imagine our surprise and utter delight when we found out that it was a gift from her! She had ordered it on that first day of October, her last Earth bound day. “Our mouth was filled with laughter,” and much like the people of Zion… if we had dreamed it, it couldn’t have been more extraordinary. We cannot deny that the Lord has done great things for us and for this rejoice!
Dear Lord, We stand in a place many times with our own enemies attacking, but we have faith because we know you are with us. Please still our fearful hearts with your divine presence. Let the holy spirit of Christmas live in our hearts every day so that we can give the gift of planting your seed and share the harvest and joy of your word. In Jesus name we pray. Amen
Leesa and Evan Ruderman