I will sing of your steadfast love,
O Lord, forever;
with my mouth I will proclaim
your faithfulness to all generations.
Jeremiah is writing to a people in exile. Jeremiah promised them that God would sustain them and provide them with a new life. Remember, Jeremiah knows and they know that they have not always been loyal to God's wishes.
Many congregations and communities today feel as if they are in a kind of exile.
Can you think of a time when you faced lost dreams?
How do Jeremiah's promises speak to you where you are now? What justice and righteousness is needed in your life? in the life of your congregation? of your community?
Where do you see significant signs of the promises? What are you still waiting to see?
1 Timothy 4:1-16
According to this letter, some hypocrites are going to have rules forbidding marriage and abstaining from some food. We are then reminded that everything created by God is to be received with thanksgiving. We moderns may still debate whether something is created by God or not. And, we may or may not have difficulty with the assertion that we should be listening to younger people.
Psalm 89 begins with a promise to the Lord, "I'll sing of your steadfast love forever. I'll tell everybody. I'll tell them, old and young, that what you've been doing for us, you'll keep doing for them."
When do we need to hear this reminder? What prompts us to remember to give it?
Do we have to be living in bad times to be able to appreciate good ones?
Whom do we trust enough to receive comfort from what they tell us?
The north wind produces rain,
and a backbiting tongue, angry looks.
Prayer for Today: O Lord, our God, direct us to making the correct distinctions between the allowed and the forbidden. Remind us that you love us all. Remind us to love others. Amen.