I Am Standing, Waiting

By Peggy Michael of Cantonment, Florida, USA

Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, to all the exiles whom I have sent into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon: Build houses and live in them; plant gardens and eat what they produce…But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare…For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.  Jeremiah 29:4–5, 7, 11

I am touched by humble servants who sweat and toil for low wages…ignored, shunned, and demeaned.

They, too, dream noble dreams of peace and justice and then awaken to reality: war, poverty, and injustice. These laborers give so much and gain so little. I am deeply moved by humble servants who toil and dream, stand and wait.

The neighborhoods also are waiting. Clashing and crashing as culture merges into culture. Society churns in turmoil.

People run to and fro, confused and uncertain, denied rights. None is nurtured in this fermenting mass.

Are a few brave souls willing to go into the city and take the hopeful message of peace and justice to them, one at a time? With God’s help, it can be done.

Prayer for Peace:

God of Israel and all exiles, bless our gardens that they will be bountiful. From this bounty may we share nourishment and hope with those who are alienated. May we embrace them as we do our own. May we end their waiting.

Spiritual Practice for the Week: Examining God’s Call to Me and to All

Each day this week reflect on God’s call in your life. Begin by prayerfully asking to recall particular moments when you have experienced God’s presence and invitation. Write in your journal or quietly reflect on images and insights that come.

When has God seemed most real in your life? How and when has God called you to use your energies and gifts? When have you felt most deeply connected and responsive to God’s movement in your life? When have you felt disconnected or resistant to God’s call? How do your gifts and callings connect with the call of God you notice in your family members, friends, congregation, or community?

Peace Covenant:

Today God, I will put together the courage and go outside my comfort zone to share the hope of Christ.

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