Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Jeremiah 31:7

Christmas 2 - Year A

Feel like you are part of a remnant? I suppose there are plenty of reasons that could be given for such an interpretation of your experience. The surrounding bounty doesn’t seem to translate into bringing folks back together but has been used by those in power to further divide creation from itself and the rich from the poor.

Feel like you are part of a remnant? Recalculate. A gathering beyond our ken is already begun. We are asked to live as though this gathering is more real than our fears that we are spinning apart, never to return.

Let’s return to a translation of yore - KJV.

9 They shall come with weeping, and with supplications will I lead them: I will cause them to walk by the rivers of waters in a straight way, wherein they shall not stumble:

12Therefore they shall come and sing in the height of Zion, and shall flow together to the goodness of the LORD, for wheat, and for wine, and for oil, and for the young of the flock and of the herd: and their soul shall be as a watered garden; and they shall not sorrow any more at all.

Track the parallels - weeping to singing, the water (rivers and gardens), and souls (no stumbling, sorrow). Choices here make a significant difference in how we engage opportunities.

Feel like you are part of a remnant? Get over it.

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