Pastors corner for the week of September 25, 2016
The Long and Winding Road
As we explore the message of Jeremiah, whose prophetic ministry encompasses the time of Israel and Judah’s exile, we find that it is a difficult time in history for Yahweh’s people. After much chastising and lamenting, Jeremiah offers poetic language in chapters 30 and 31 to bring messages of encouragement and hope.
Various communities over time have identified with Israel’s period of exile. At times in our personal lives we may experience feelings of separation and exile. At times in our church lives, especially during transition, we may feel that our church is in exile.
The message of hope reminds us that at the end of the long and winding road we will arrive. “Going home” is not always easy, as things may be different when we arrive. Familiar faces may be gone, surroundings are altered, and we have changed personally as the result of our journey. However, in a metaphorical sense, going home is what we are called to do…being at one with God, our community and ourselves. It is a life-long road trip, and sometimes we end up at places we never expected, but with the help of God and others, together we can make the adventure.
Rev. Vickie Miller