Scripture Reading: Jeremiah 29:10-13

This is what the Lord says: “You will be in Babylon for seventy years. But then I will come and do for you all the good things I have promised, and I will bring you home again. For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.  In those days when you pray, I will listen.  If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.

Jeremiah, the prophet

These verses may be very familiar. Including verse 10, sheds a larger light on the real story. The children of God were going to be led into exile and God was promising that things would be new in their new home. He would hear their prayers. He would give them a future and a hope. We are living in a different time, a time after Christ was born and came to this earth. As we prepare our hearts to celebrate Christmas this year, allow this to be a reminder that we are not living in exile. He gave us the most precious gift. We never have to be separated from Him again. The promises in these passages are true in every sense of their words today. He came to us in a manger over 2000 thousand years ago and now He comes to do all good things and bring us home. His plans for us are only good and not for disaster, to give us a future and a hope. When we pray, He listens. When we look for him wholeheartedly, we will always find Him.

Nativity Fast

Over the weekend shopping included going to the local health food store, in search for items without oil. I found so many great tiems; locally made bread without oil, dried fruit, a fig butter, salted soybeans, a curry nut crunch, and fresh local apples and oranges. With these great snacks the week should be a little easer. While sharing with others about the nativity fast, many have asked why no oil? Research begins today, and answers shared tomorrow. Enjoy your day, worship in your own way at home or in a local place, be gentle to your body and ready your heart for the sacrifices you are making to our Lord.