To my people in exile,
wrote the prophet, Jeremiah.
To you who have put your lives on hold while in Babylon,
Build homes. Get married. Have children and watch them grow up and marry.
Get on with your lives, live in the now.
Find happiness and contentment far from home. Trust that the time will come when my dreams for you are made whole.
For now, be content, and live.
The time will come when my promise will be fulfilled. Peace will come. Disasters will end. I will gather you up and bring you home to me.
The time will come when will be one people, one with God.
Until then we will wait while getting on with our lives. We will give thanks for the present. We will give thanks even in the exile. Amen.