Mending



Background passage: Luke 18:1-8
Daily reading: Jeremiah 31:31-34
Tuesday September 15, 2015

Focus passage: “No, this is the covenant that I will make with the people of Israel after that time, declares the LORD.  I will put my instructions within them and engrave them on their hearts.  I will be their God, and they will be my people.” Jeremiah 31:33

The prophet Jeremiah speaks of an ideal community, one that is to arise out of the ashes of exile after a severe lack of faithfulness that resulted in everyone looking out for themselves with no regard to the needs of their neighbors.  The end result was brokenness.

It is only when we reach the bottom and realize how very broken we are, or a system is, or a relationship is that we are able to imagine a new way forward. This future time that God speaks about through the prophet no longer begs the question as to whether we will love God and love our neighbor because as the prophet tells us that God desires to engrave upon our hearts that love.

In the parable of the Judge and the Widow, we are told that the judge does not love God or neighbor.  His disregard is then contrasted by a widow who stands definitely in his court day after day demanding justice.

What areas in your community need justice?

Where has the connection between neighbors become broken?

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

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