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Jeremiah Was a Prophet

When I was a teenager in high school, back in the early 70’s, we used to sing a song — “Jeremiah was a bullfrog — he was a good friend of mine — I never understood a single word he said — but I helped him drink his wine.” This was the anthem of Friday night parties. 
 
Well, now I say — “Jeremiah was a prophet — he is a good friend of mine — he is a companion for disruptive times.” Jeremiah’s life spanned one of the most troublesome times in Hebrew history. The time leading up to the fall of Jerusalem in 587 BCE, followed by the Babylonian exile. Everything that could go wrong, did go wrong. And Jeremiah was in the middle of it. He lived it. He felt it. He struggled to remain faithful. He agonized, dealt with depression, and yet shared hope as well. 
 
For the next several Sundays, we will be in the book of Jeremiah. I encourage you to look at these passages and maybe the whole book. 
August 25 — Jeremiah 1: 4 – 10 — The Call
September 1 — Jeremiah 2: 4 – 13 — Hard Words
September 8 — Jeremiah 18: 1 – 11 — What Are the Purposes of God?
September 15 — Jeremiah 4:11 – 12, 22 – 28 — National Foolishness
September 22 — Jeremiah 8:18 – 9:1 — The Weeping Prophet
September 29 — Jeremiah 32: 1 – 3a, 6 – 15 — Investing in an Uncertain Future
 
We are living in difficult, uncertain times. Nice to have a friend like Jeremiah to journey with us. See you in worship.
 


An Award ?

Yesterday I found myself grouchy and irritated all day by people. It was just one of those days. Then in the evening I went over to Sun Street Center for their awards night. One of the things they do is recognize and celebrate people who have reached a certain number of days, months, and years of sobriety. A young man greeted me by name. I did not recognize him at first. I looked carefully and I knew him. This young man had been strung out and sleeping in the bushes around the church a few months ago. Now he is clean and sober, a few pounds heavier, with a big smile for what he has accomplished by God’s grace. It brought tears to my eyes. 
 
Then our Operations Manager, Greg Fenton was presented with an award for his service to the community. I felt joy to hear Greg speak of his recovery being connected to the work of our church and how he has grown in spirituality and service. There was great joy in the room as stories of healing and recovery were shared. 
 
As we were driving back to the church, Greg reminded me that today one of our Core Volunteers had reached one year of sobriety. I felt bad that I had forgotten to congratulate and celebrate with her. Sometimes we get so focused on being irritated with what people aren’t doing that we miss the miracles that are happening right under our noses.
 
Once again a lesson on how to be a better human being. Notice what people are doing and the miracles right under our noses. Thanks be to God!



 
Pastor Steve Lundin