All Saints Messenger - October 19, 2017

posted Oct 19, 2017, 11:40 AM by Church Secretary
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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for THURSDAY, October 19

Jeremiah 38:4 Then the officials said to the king, "[Jeremiah] ought to be put to death, because he is discouraging the soldiers who are left in this city, and all the people, by speaking such words to them. For this man is not seeking the welfare of this people, but their harm."

Nobody likes that guy who goes around saying, "We're gonna lose. You might as well give up now." At the siege of Jerusalem, Jeremiah was that guy. So, the prophet who once spoke on behalf of the Lord is thrown into an empty cistern-to sink into the mud and into the silent oblivion of death.
In my own life, it has often been the stranger who ensures that I cannot compartmentalize God's challenging word away so that it remains unheard. The self-giving love of the student who rearranges her life to raise funds for her disabled father's rehabilitation care shows me that I need to change the way I love and honor my own family. The stranger sets God's insistent and unyielding word of judgment before us, so that we might turn away from idolatry and toward love.

MOVING FORWARD: Offer comfort to a person in your community who may have recently either received bad news or been the bearer of bad news.