During Easter, we are using short videos to share a daily idea (linked to the sermon for Sunday) on a reflection helping us wade deeper into the worship idea. Watch today's video:
The video is a longer drawing out of the reflection below. You can watch one and read the other or choose one.
31 “At that time,” declares the Lord, “I will be the God of all the families of Israel, and they will be my people.”
2 This is what the Lord says:
“The people who survive the sword will find favor in the wilderness; I will come to give rest to Israel.”
3 The Lord appeared to us in the past,[a] saying:
“I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness. 4 I will build you up again, and you, Virgin Israel, will be rebuilt. Again you will take up your timbrels and go out to dance with the joyful. 5 Again you will plant vineyards on the hills of Samaria; the farmers will plant them and enjoy their fruit. 6 There will be a day when watchmen cry out on the hills of Ephraim, ‘Come, let us go up to Zion, to the Lord our God.’”
This passage comes from what is called “The Book of Consolation”, Jeremiah’s attempt to soothe and relieve the burdens of the long night of national grief the people of his country had experienced. Jeremiah recognizes Grace only comes at the end of a dark night. He tells the people God will return “again” as a reminder that when they turn back to their familiar celebrations, they will experience God’s grace over and over again.
- Why do we experience “dark nights”? When and where do you find yourself most lost?
- The more and more we fall, the harder and harder it gets to get walking again. If we believe “the worst thing is never the last thing”, how might it shape our day-to-day life and approach to our hurdles?
God, we lay awake some nights searching for answers, for the courage to get out of bed in the morning. You always offer us grace. Give me a drop of your peace and a large dose of strength to face the day. Amen.