Jeremiah 29: 1.4-7 v 5 “Build homes, and plan to stay. Plant gardens and eat the food they produce.”
Jeremiah wrote a letter from Jerusalem to those who had been exiled, elders, prophets, and all the people. The Lord of Armies had sent a message to all the captives. Build homes, and plan to stay. Plant gardens and eat the food they produce.” Work for the peace and prosperity of the city where I have sent you. Pray to the Lord, for its welfare will determine your welfare.
For most of my life, I have lived in Ayr Ontario Canada. However, to get there I moved around a bit. I was born in Leicester, UK, grew up to grade 6 in Solihull, near Birmingham then through high school lived back in Leicester. Went to school in Bath for three years then back to Leicester and finally heading first to B.C. and then with my new husband moved to Ontario.
I have learn’t to live where I have been planted. Enjoyed building a new home in Ayr and family but with modern technology I was able to stay in touch with my family in the U.K. I can relate to this passage. To remember the things my parents taught me whilst embracing the new land where I was living.
Our spiritual journeys also can take us to places we have not been before. Asking us not seven but seven times seven to forgive those around us. To pray without ceasing. To study the bible. To take time to be with God. The more you build homes, and plan to stay. Plant gardens and eat the food they produce in a spiritual sense will determine your welfare. On this thanksgiving Sunday plan first to be thankful for a kind and loving God. Amen.
Prayer: Almighty God thank you for caring for us all. For the bounty of the earth, the animals, and the birds. For family near and far as we gather to celebrate thanksgiving. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.