Saturday, July 31, 2010

The Last Word: Hope

Today's reading: Jeremiah 50-52

In those days and in that time, says the Lord, the people of Israel shall come, they and the people of Judah together; they shall come weeping as they seek the Lord their God.  Jeremiah 50: 4 NRSV

It is good to end the month and the Book of Jeremiah on a positive note. Jeremiah is certainly not a positive book to read. Jeremiah continues to remind us to be faithful to God, to walk in God's ways, to turn and repent when necessary, and to remain hopeful in God's everlasting grace. We end the book of Jeremiah with a promise not only of return from exile and punishment, but the re-establishment of a Jewish nation. The people will return. There will be weeping. I think this will be the type of crying that you would categorize somewhere between humility and joy.  But even in this time of crying, there is rejoicing and hope.

What kind of positive word do you need to hear from the Lord at this time in your life? May you God answer you with words of hope and promise.

God, we ask for a word of hope and promise today. In Jesus' name. Amen. 

Copyright 2010 Amelia G. Sims

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