Scripture: Jeremiah 31:1-14
Key verses: (13-14)
13Then shall the young women rejoice in the dance,
and the young men and the old shall be merry.
I will turn their mourning into joy,
I will comfort them, and give them gladness for sorrow.
14 I will give the priests their fill of fatness,
and my people shall be satisfied with my bounty,
says the LORD.
Reflection: Jeremiah writes to the Israelites living in exile with promises of God. “I have loved you with an everlasting love.” (Jeremiah 31:3). “The days are surly coming” Jeremiah says over and over again to those who feel lost. (Jeremiah 31:27, 31 38) The days are surely coming when I will turn your mourning into joy. Restoration for the people of God.
It is a promise offered to all of us. Restoration. Joy. Hope.
Take a deep breath and be present wherever you are. Hear the promise that God loves you with an everlasting love. Take another deep breath and know that surly the days are coming when there will be joy.
Joy. I wonder if we could transform our idea of joy as an expected experience or something you feel and hear as a lasting way of being in the presence of God. In the midst of exile. In the midst of despair. In the midst of the messiness of our days maybe we can experience a bit of joy because we are in the presence of God. Everyday. Everywhere.
Prayer: God, take away everything that inhibits me from living joy. With you. Amen.
Author: Michelle Thomas-Bush
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].