From Rev Sue Ann Yarbrough
I hope this meditation finds you all doing well. I pray your communities are healthy, and are beginning to open up. I am making some in person visits as well as continuing some Zoom worship services and meetings so I hope to see you all soon. The ministry is coming back to life, but the budget has suffered considerably. If your community can possibly contribute any amount, we currently have been offered a matching grant. If you would like more information, please go to our website: www.spiritcareministry.org. Thank you!
Jeremiah is one of my favorite prophets. He was in exile, along with others, and he was a voice of encouragement for people to take root where they find themselves. This week, this text led me to ponder the beautiful Genesis 2:7 where God lifts up some earth, breathes life into it, and thus begins the story of humanity. Our journey began by being held, and we are always held. This was not a one time event. However, Jeremiah reminds us that God may very well rework and remold us as needed. Such forming and reforming may get uncomfortable at times, but nonetheless, we cannot fall out of God's embrace. Yes, it is easy to feel discarded in times of change, and there are enough shifts going on in my life that I am tempted to believe I am being cast aside. However, in my heart I know that is simply not possible. God continues to breathe life into us all. This is how we are made new again in, and for love.
Holy One, we thank you for vaccines, for people who do research, and for those who work in seemingly ordinary ways, but with extraordinary results. Please watch over our communities and our families. Help us to be steadfast. We look to you, to Christ, and to the Psalms and the writings of the prophets, knowing you are the one source of all. We thank you for literally holding us together and helping us to move forward. May our world be healed.