Getting on With Life While in Exile

To my people in exile,
wrote the prophet, Jeremiah.

To you who have put your lives on hold while in Babylon,
he added.

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…
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.

Tim is a runner, a hiker, a devoted husband, a father of two adult children, and their spouses, and a grandfather of four perfect children. A former early childhood educator, Tim is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). He has served as pastor of both Disciples and United Church of Christ congregations. As we enter what we hope is the final phase of the pandemic, Tim is beginning a journey of rediscovering himself and discerning next steps. He writes from his home in Albany, Oregon and wherever the Spirit lures him.

Posted in Call to Worship, Jeremiah, Jeremiah 29, Jeremiah 29:1-14, narrative lectionary, Old Testament

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