Prayer: God, help us look to the days when all your promises will be fulfilled. We are thankful your righteousness is ours in Jesus now. May we see justice and safety in your name. Amen
Reading: Jeremiah 33: 14-16 (Click to read text)
Stop and GROW: After reading the text, discuss/ponder the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which are part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers.
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, challenges, or doesn’t make sense to me in this text?
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text or is my favorite part of the story?
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me?
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text?
Jeremiah wrote this when Jerusalem was in rubble: The days are surely coming, says the LORD, when I will fulfill the promise I made... (Jeremiah 33: 14) Better days are coming
I am writing this devotion just days after the attack on the worshippers at the Tree of Life synagogue which left 11 dead and six wounded. I remember driving through Squirrel Hill 30+ years ago when I lived and worked in Pittsburgh. I saw Jewish men in long black robes and beards talking together and children in uniforms walking to and from school - boys wearing yarmulkes. People trusting in God's covenants and it strengthened my faith. The LORD is our righteousness.
The days of justice and safety are surely coming. For the faithful of the Tree of Life synagogue, the people of Pittsburgh and all who mourn the brokenness of this world. Because God's covenants cannot be broken.
-- Ruth Gates
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