Proper 23 (28) 2016 – Jeremiah 29:5-7

Monday, October 3, 2016

The lectionary readings for this coming Sunday include the story of Naaman, one of my favorite healing stories in all scripture.  The readings include: Jeremiah 29:1, 4-7; Psalm 66:1-12; 2 Timothy 2:8-15 and Luke 17:11-19.   Alternate passages include 2 Kings 5:1-3, 7-15c and Psalm 111.

Jeremiah 29:5-7 – [God is speaking to the people of Jerusalem exiled in Babylon.]  Build houses and live in them; plant gardens and eat what they produce.  Take wives and have sons and daughters…multiply there, and do not decrease.  But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the LORD on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare. 

Are each of us where God wants us to be?  The honest answer for most of us is probably “not sure.”  This passage tells us to work toward building God’s kingdom wherever we are.

Almighty God, help us be instruments of your peace this and every day.  Amen.

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