Give the king your justice, O God, and your righteousness to a king's son.
May he judge your people with righteousness, and your poor with justice.
May the mountains yield prosperity for the people, and the hills, in righteousness.
May he defend the cause of the poor of the people, give deliverance to the needy, and crush the oppressor.
May he live while the sun endures, and as long as the moon, throughout all generations.
May he be like rain that falls on the mown grass, like showers that water the earth.
In his days may righteousness flourish and peace abound, until the moon is no more.
Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, who alone does wondrous things.
Blessed be his glorious name forever; may his glory fill the whole earth.
Amen and Amen.
– Psalm 72
Change... it is not something we particularly always enjoy, but guess what? We don't have a choice. Life is full of it. Psalm 72 is about the transition from one king's reign to another. David prays that the new king will provide justice for the poor and bring abounding peace to all.
New positions of power and leadership are never easy for any nation. As the people of Israel did years ago, we pray for leaders who will exemplify God's love in everything they do. We become agents of anxiety and fear, and sadness and doubt, when our prayers are not answered.
However, God does not give the ruler of a nation any more power than you or me. Leadership is not revealed by who is in charge, but by how we continue to shine Christ's light in every aspect of our lives. When we carry this light with us, there is no darkness that is too great to conquer. The light symbolizes our calling not to be victims of change, but to be agents of positive change.
Whatever changes and transitions you are experiencing this Advent season, embrace it as God has embraced us. When you take the lead and shine your light, there is no change that is too dark to overcome.
Anna Grace Claunch, NorthPark 2016 summer intern