Day 13

December 10

December 10

Psalm 107:1-9

1 O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever. 2 Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, those he redeemed from trouble 3 and gathered in from the lands, from the east and from the west, from the north and from the south. 4 Some wandered in desert wastes, finding no way to an inhabited town; 5 hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted within them. 6 Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress; 7 he led them by a straight way, until they reached an inhabited town. 8 Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love, for his wonderful works to humankind. 9 For he satisfies the thirsty, and the hungry he fills with good things.

God's Steadfast Love

by Anna Wells, doctoral candidate

In Psalm 107, the author asks Israel to give thanks to God and, as one translation puts it, to “tell their story.” (v. 2) Israel had been in exile, in a season of expectant waiting for God to come and deliver them. The first group reflects on how they wandered in the desert, hungry and thirsty, until “they cried out to the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress.” (v. 6). The psalmist reminds Israel of God’s goodness and steadfast love by pointing them to their past.

Although this psalm remembers God’s faithfulness after Israel’s deliverance, I believe this act of remembering is essential even in the midst of waiting. The past two years, I witnessed suffering on a communal level unlike anything I had experienced, and at times it felt difficult to remember God’s goodness. As a doctoral student studying the history of Christianity, however, I found encouragement not only in recalling the ways God had been faithful to me in my own life but also in remembering His faithfulness to Christians throughout the past.

The history of Christianity includes countless men and women who struggled with questions about disease and sickness and wrestled with the tension of living as pilgrims on the earth, waiting for their heavenly home. By moving outside my own limited perspective as a twenty-first century American Christian, I was able to take comfort in the words and experiences of the body of Christ across time and space.

As we wait expectantly during this season of Advent, may we remember the stories of our brothers and sisters in the past who make up “such a great cloud of witnesses” and find peace in the steadfast love and faithfulness of God.

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Anna WellsAnna Wells, doctoral candidate

Originally from Katy, Texas, Anna Wells is a fourth year Ph.D. candidate in Historical Studies within the Religion department. She also earned her bachelor’s (2016) and master’s (2018) degrees in History from Baylor. Her research focuses on the intersection between religion, culture and gender by examining representations of women in saints’ lives from late medieval Europe and Ethiopia.

Anna also currently serves as the President of Baylor's Graduate Student Association. When she isn't studying, Anna enjoys traveling with her husband and dog, spending time with friends, and cheering on the Bears.