Lord, you were favorable to your land; you restored the fortunes of Jacob.
You forgave the iniquity of your people; you pardoned all their sin.
You withdrew all your wrath; you turned from your hot anger.
Restore us again, O God of our salvation, and put away your indignation towards us.
Will you be angry with us for ever? Will you prolong your anger to all generations?
Will you not revive us again, so that your people may rejoice in you?
Show us your steadfast love, O Lord, and grant us your salvation.
Let me hear what God the Lord will speak, for he will speak peace to his people,
to his faithful, to those who turn to him in their hearts. Surely his salvation is at hand for those who fear him, that his glory may dwell in our land.
Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet; righteousness and peace will kiss each other.
Faithfulness will spring up from the ground, and righteousness will look down from the sky.
The Lord will give what is good, and our land will yield its increase.
Righteousness will go before him, and will make a path for his steps. Psalm 85
Dear Aunt Elizabeth,
yesterday was a real trial for me. It was as if I was overwhelmed with worry and sadness. The clouds had moved in, the temperature fell, and the skies drop rain for hours. Maybe it is the nature of life in the stable, that all animals, including, get close together when the weather turns bad. It seemed as if the whole group of living beings were worrying together. Fortunately, the sun rose high and clear today. It is a beautiful promising day. How easy it is to be turned to sadness. It can be easy to forget God's promises to us all.
Joseph and I have talked about going home. Jesus is strong and I am fully recovered from the birth. We think the road home is much less congested and we should be able to move quickly. I am excited about finding our way home, reuniting with Momma and Papa, and sharing our little one with our families. My sadness of yesterday has been replaced with hope and joy. I cannot wait to embrace you also and to see young John! We have so much to catch up on. You have so much to teach me, as does Momma. I realize how much she has to share with me, now I am a mother too. Oh, I have so much to learn.