Jeremiah’s Letter to the Exiles in Babylon
These are the words of the letter that the prophet Jeremiah sent from Jerusalem to the remaining elders among the exiles, and to the priests, the prophets, and all the people, whom Nebuchadnezzar had taken into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon.
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. Take wives and have sons and daughters; take wives for your sons, and give your daughters in marriage, that they may bear sons and daughters; multiply there, and do not decrease. 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.
Devotion by Julia Shiver
I grew up United Methodist. Much of my life was centered around church activities. My mom became an ordained Methodist minister. I raised my children in that church.
Then I had to leave the Methodist church. My family was asked to leave, our beliefs seen as too liberal, too welcoming of all. I immediately started attending Pilgrimage. But I wandered in the wilderness for 6 years, grieving for the church family I had lost.
But then I started to make a home here. I got involved with the choir, and the Deacons. Pilgrimage gradually became my new church family. I found my new home in the place of my exile. I give thanks to God daily for my church home and family.
Creator God, thank you for being with this congregation of your people while we traverse the wilderness of transition. I give praise that our time without a settled pastor is coming to an end. Thank you for the guidance and wisdom you have imparted during this time. Amen.