Prayer: Dear God, help us through complicated days. Thank you for the assurance of your love. Amen.
Reading: Jeremiah 32: 1-3a, 6-15 (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?
Reflection: Reading the directions God gave to Jeremiah regarding the purchase of Hanemel's field in Anathoth sounds like me getting through one of my more complicated days. I read the text twice and still can't quite keep it straight who is to sign what, seal how and deliver where. Some days go like that for all of us. The logistics of life are often complicated.
There was a good reason why God wanted the transaction to be done just right. Signed, sealed and delivered, the purchase of the land with so many steps, witnesses and exact accounting of money made it clear that houses and fields and vineyards shall again be bought in (the Promised Land) (v. 15). This was to give the people hope even though hope does not always come easy.
Next time I seem to struggling through a complicated day, I will keep hope until all is signed, sealed and delivered. What an assurance of God's presence and purpose that will be! --Ruth Gates
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