Background passage: Luke 18:1-8
Daily reading: Jeremiah 31:31-34
Wednesday September 16, 2015

Focus passage: They will no longer need to teach each other to say, “Know the LORD!” because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, declares the LORD; for I will forgive their wronging and never again remember their sins.” Jeremiah 31:34

The story that many of the prophets of the Old Testament paint is that of a faithful God loving and caring for a people that are more often lack faithfulness and love.

Into the strain of that relationship Jeremiah speaks of hope.
Hope that a new day will come where faithfulness will ooze out of everyone so that there is no longer a need to teach one another or our children about being faithful to God, it is part of our DNA.

I find that in frustrating situations it is hard for me to hold onto hope and any semblance of loving my neighbor.  But are we not called especially when life becomes difficult, when others are being less than loving toward us to ooze that love that God has for each of us and for all of creation?

That is the challenge of this passage, if we are to live love for God and for neighbor, it is to be our first response always.  It perhaps is the greater lessen beyond whatever is the subtext for the conflict.
In the stressful moments of your day today, take time to react.  Take time to breathe and ground yourself in God’s love before saying or acting.

Prayer: God help me to turn to you daily for guidance, discernment and support.  Amen.


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