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    Jeremiah, the 'weeping prophet'

    February 7, 2020

    Among the biblical figures we touched on last week was the prophet Jeremiah. He is sometimes referred to as “the weeping prophet” or alternatively as “the prophet of heartbreak and hope.” Jeremiah teaches us to carry both the heartbreak of life and the hope for a new future. It could be argued that without an authentic dealing with heartbreak, our hope may lack depth and substance. But Jeremiah is also a prophet who encourages action and prayer, prayer and action – even when things aren’t perfect. Even as the people are exiled, feeling they are in a place that they can’t call home, Jeremiah encourages people to pursue the well-being of the places they inhabit. In Jeremiah 29:7 he quotes the Lord who says; “Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the LORD for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper." Take a moment this week, think of your context, your location and the people around you, though not perfect, though you may sometimes feel out of place, commit to acting and praying, praying and acting for the well-being your “place.” The prophet suggests that acting and praying out of this mindset is not only a Kingdom of God value, it may actually be good for us too, providing hope amidst heartbreak!                                   -EGN