We are approaching the second Sunday after Christmas, and the lectionary texts include: Jeremiah 31:7-14; Psalm 147:12-20; Ephesians 1:3-14 and John 1:(1-9), 10-18. Some traditions include the texts: Sirach 24:1-12 and Wisdom of Solomon 10:15-21.
Jeremiah 31:8 – See, I am going to bring them from the land of the north, and gather them from the farthest parts of the earth, among them the blind and the lame, those with child and those in labor, together; a great company, they shall return here.
God would lead the remnant of Israel home, but God was including in the “great company” people who would slow the travel of the others down, the blind and lame, those with child and in labor. This passage reminds us of how we are to look out for one another.
Prayer: Gracious God, keep us mindful of those less fortunate than us so that we won’t leave anyone behind. AMEN.