I played in the garden most of yesterday afternoon. It is really playing because the productivity of my garden is at best – sad but I’m motivated because I read somewhere that playing in dirt – “sorry” – playing in soil is actually good for your brain chemistry.  Apparently, scientists have isolated a unique molecular pattern found hidden inside a bacterium that thrives in dirt. This non-pathogenic bacterium is referred to as Mvaccae. It’s healthy to get your hands dirty and I had a grand time playing in the soil.  Yesterday my goal was to plant seeds – lots of seeds, all sorts of lettuces, green beans, cilantro, and spinach.  (No peppers, way too many currently growing and Molly the puppy seems to have a fixation with the jalapenos. We’re no sure about this puppy yet.)   At some point in my task, I had a very odd thought: “was my simple act of planting seeds also a simply act about a future?”  Did I need to do something to remind myself that even in the midst of these unnerving days and the uncertainty about tomorrow, there is a future?  I continue to tarry with this notion of “a future” and what it will look like and what it will be like? But I’m not fearful, I hold to the God’s promise who says: 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” 



Scripture Reading:   Jeremiah 29:10-14

10 For thus says the Lord: Only when Babylon’s seventy years are completed will I visit you, and I will fulfill to you my promise and bring you back to this place. 11 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. 12 Then when you call upon me and come and pray to me, I will hear you. 13 When you search for me, you will find me; if you seek me with all your heart, 14 I will let you find me, says the Lord, and I will restore your fortunes and gather you from all the nations and all the places where I have driven you, says the Lord, and I will bring you back to the place from which I sent you into exile.



Reflection Questions:

What can you do to remind yourself of a future after COVID-19?

Who do you need to lift up in prayer tonight?

What causes you to feel spiritual exiled?



Prayer: Holy God, remind me that in my uncertainty about what comes next that you will hear my prayers and be near.  Fill my heart so that I can find you and bring comfort that I may trust that your plan is bring us back together from exile.  Amen.


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