Frozen in Time

Today’s Readings for the Daily Office

Psalm 148-150 (Morning)
Psalm 114-115 (Evening)
Jer. 29:1, 4-14
Acts 16:6-15
Luke 10:1-12, 17-20

Frozen in Time

Many of my friends and I have been unsettled since the last election. Watching the news has added to our stunned and shattered state. We are tired of arguing or watching what we say in groups. It’s as if we have become frozen and unable to move.

Today’s reading gives us the common sense of Jeremiah to the exiles in Babylon. “Build houses and make yourselves at home; grow gardens; marry and have children; pray for Babylon’s well-being because if things go well for Babylon, things go well for you.” He promises that God will show up and take care of them.

Acts tells of Paul and Timothy traveling and spreading the Word. The Spirit helps them avoid the towns where they would not be welcomed. They talk quietly with the people they meet and convert many. The Spirit guides them to Macedonia through Paul’s dreams. Again, their meetings are based on talking with the people; not yelling, insulting and terrifying everyone they meet.

Two lessons to help those of us frozen by the sad and confusing place we find ourselves. Live your best life and talk with others, including those who may not think as you do. Remember Maya Angelou’s words-“We are more alike, my friends, than we are unalike.”

Written by Elizabeth Demetz

Elizabeth is a fourth year participant in EFM and a member of the Prayer Shawl Ministry.

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