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 strives to share God’s extravagant love for all–no matter what & without strings. Seeking to follow the lure of the Spirit, Tim writes about what it means to be a follower of Jesus in an era where Christianity has come to be associated with hatred and political wedge issues. “Heinous things have been said & done (& still are) in the name of the One who breathed in the Divine,” notes Tim, “but Jesus shows us that God loves extravagantly.” Following the teachings and life of Jesus is about inclusion not exclusion. It is about compassion, grace, and admitting no one has all the answers. It is about responding lovingly to the best of our human ability. It is about people not institutions. It is about social justice. It is about caring for creation. It is about being who we were each created to be. Tim is a former early childhood educator, a runner, a hiker, a devoted husband, father of two adult children and their spouses, and a grandfather of two perfect babies. Tim serves as Lead Pastor of the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Albany, Oregon. He writes from home, from the coffee shop, and wherever the trail leads him.

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

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