By God’s grace, just as you are:
- You are here.
- You are known.
- You are loved.
I’m going to bring them back from the north; I will gather them from the ends of the earth. Among them will be the blind and the disabled, expectant mothers and those in labor; a great throng will return here. With tears of joy they will come; while they pray, I will bring them back. I will lead them by quiet streams and on smooth paths so they don’t stumble. I will be Israel’s father, Ephraim will be my oldest child.
There was a time when someone responsible for you held your hand. Maybe it was before you crossed a street or to help you up the steps or hoist you up at the playground. That caring adult held your hand because they wanted to help you. Then there may have been a time when you refused that same person’s hand. You wanted to explore for yourself, by yourself. You believed that you could do it on your own.
These words from the prophet Jeremiah remind us that we will always be beloved children of God. So, it’s okay to still reach out for God’s hand. No, we may not be able to physically touch God’s hands. But through prayer, meditation on Scripture, and communal worship, there is a way to experience God’s loving presence anytime. If we want help, God is able to lead and guide us along the way.
Eternal God, thank you for leading me up until this point. Now I pray that you would give me the wisdom today to ask for your help and accept it along the way. Amen.