S (Scripture): Jeremiah 2:
Long ago I broke your yoke;
I shattered your chains.
But even then you said, “I won’t serve you.”
On every high hill and under every lush tree,
you have acted like a prostitute.
Yet it was I who planted you, a precious vine of fine quality;
how could you turn into a wild vine
and become good for nothing?
12 Go proclaim these words to the north and say:
Return, unfaithful Israel,
declares the Lord.
I won’t reject you,
for I’m faithful,
declares the Lord;
I won’t stay angry forever.
Only acknowledge your wrongdoing:
how you have rebelled against the Lord your God,
and given yourself to strangers
under every lush tree
and haven’t obeyed me,
declares the Lord.
Return, rebellious children,
declares the Lord,
for I’m your husband.
I’ll gather you—
one from a city and two from a tribe—
and bring you back to Zion.
O (Observation): Jeremiah is God’s prophet, called upon to remind God’s people of the err of their ways. Not a fun job, but a necessary one.
Why necessary? To be reminded that God’s people were made for more than themselves. God’s people exist to give God praise and tell others of the freedom in the life of God.
You may not get what you want, but you will get what you need. Peace and security in God are the most reliable gifts one can have, even in the face of a warring world with shifting alliances.
The word of grace remains. God is faithful and stands ready to welcome back all who err.
A (Application): Every Sunday, we begin our liturgy with the Confession & Forgiveness. We are reminded of God’s presence and are humbled by our admittance of wrongs done, known and unknown. Words of grace and forgiveness accompany this liturgy, giving us hope for a new day.
As followers of our God, we are always welcomed back to a faithful and loving God. God never waivers in love for us. The love of God prompts us to respond in love to our neighbors in need, whether they be gay or straight, black, brown, or white, male, female, or transitioning.
We all can come back to God who wishes us to remain faithful and to use this grace to bring others to know God. And when we fail at this, God welcomes us back in anyway, encouraging us to embrace the freedom from the tyranny of gods in this world, and to live for God alone.
P (Prayer): Lord, help me to be a follow the call to freedom in You! Amen.