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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for March 26, 2021

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FRIDAY, March 26                  [Harriet Monsell]

Jeremiah 29:4-5 Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, to all the exiles whom I have sent into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon: Build houses and live in them; plant gardens and eat what they produce.

When the people of Israel are exiled from their homeland, they are quite distressed and hopeless. Nothing is going the way they expected. However, God commands them to make the most of their situation. Rather than live as a defeated people, they are called to build houses and plant gardens. In other translations of this passage from Jeremiah, God commands the people to pray for peace.

It’s easy to pray for peace when things are going well, but when the economy falls apart, our job prospects seem dim, our political situation is at a stalemate, and our society continues to kill innocent people, it can seem useless. Instead, we would rather ask God for prosperity and easy answers.

But who knows what will happen tomorrow or in the future? All we can be certain of is that God will guide us in the right way, even and especially in difficult times.

MOVING FORWARD: Pray A Collect for Peace, found in The Book of Common Prayer on page 123.

PRAY for the Diocese of Banks & Torres (Melanesia)

Ps 95 and 22 * 141, 143:1-11(12) | Jeremiah 29:1,4-13 | Romans 11:13-24 | John 11:1-27 or 12:1-10



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