The last time we made these seasoned pretzels they got a little goopy…
The ingredients were good, the timing was right, all should have turned out well like it did before, but it didn’t. After some analysis, it seems the pan we used to make them was not so stable, and it was hard to toss the pretzels appropriately so… they were not the best. Mistakes were made, lessons learned, but we will try again because when done right they are very tasty.
I love this portion of our Pslam today:
“Restore our fortunes, O Lord,
like the watercourses in the Negeb.
May those who sow in tears
reap with shouts of joy.
Those who go out weeping,
bearing the seed for sowing,
shall come home with shouts of joy,
carrying their sheaves.
During Advent, this Psalm calls us to remember the Joy that has been even while we await the joy that will be.
There are times in life when all should be good, all the things are there, but for some reason, some element goes awry, and life turns out goopy. I know that is an understatement. And there is great effort and energy needed to take the next step. But in this Psalm, there is an underlying confidence in God that those who are weeping sew seed… even in the midst of sorrow and sadness we can plant the seeds for a great harvest to come.
This Psalm is a restoration Psalm, it harkens back to what once was and puts its trust in God in whom all things are made new for what will yet be. It is a good Advent Pslam because it reminds us that God will yet produce, bring forth fields of justice and mercy even when all seems lost and it is all we can do to spread the seeds given us.