A new start

Daily reading: Jeremiah 31:31-34
Saturday November 26, 2016

Focus passage: They will no longer need to 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 wrongdoing and never again remember their sins.  Jeremiah 31:34

In response to reckless unfaithfulness, God says, I don’t even see it.  Just chapters prior, God is railing against their infidelity and now God imagines their faithfulness.  In the face of brokenness and heartbreak God goes to a place where, unless painfully detailed descriptions are recalled, the memory is lost.
God forgets for the sake of God’s deep love for God’s people. 
God forgets and that act is embedded with hope.
God forgets, thanks be to God, and it invites us to view our brokenness in a new way.
We carry around a lot that we probably need to forget in a healthy way.  Not in a Friday night drink fest in order to forget, not in a numbing way that takes away our ability to make good choices and experience joy.
But in a way that allows grace and love and forgiveness to filter in so that newness can take root.

Prayer: Gracious God, help me to let go of the things that wound me and keep me from fully experiencing your love and grace.  Amen.

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