Making Plans For City Welfare
From Rev Sue Ann Yarbrough
Scripture: Jeremiah 29:11-12
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart."
When I began to write this week's meditation, I dated it July 27, not January. I laughed when I spotted my error. I think most of us are really, really ready for Covid to be a thing of the past.
The prophet Jeremiah was speaking to a people in exile. His message that God wanted them to take root right where they were was not popular. The people wanted to go home. However, Jeremiah wanted them to know that God was still with them and still making plans for them. In Jeremiah 29:7, the prophet tells them, "Promote the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile."
Holy One, teach us your ways. We are ready to listen. We know that too often we want you to do things our way. However, in our hearts we also know that we humans can be quite shortsighted. Help us to keep our eyes on the horizon that is your love. Help us to keep going, trusting the path that you have set before us. Remind us, O God, to also help those who journey with us. May we never forget that we are all your children and we are in this life together.
In gratitude we pray, Amen
Rev. Sue Ann Yarbrough, Associate Pastor
San Lorenzo Community Church, United Church of Christ
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