December 29

Jeremiah 31:10-14

“Then shall the young women rejoice in the dance, and the young men and the old shall be merry. I will turn their mourning into joy, I will comfort them, and give them gladness for sorrow.” vs. 13

The picture of hope that Jeremiah painted for the people of Israel included return to the land and an amazing celebration. Their mourning would be turned into joy, and their sorrow transformed into gladness. There would be dancing and merriment all around! It’s like our vision of life after COVID–we’ll be traveling, eating out, and partying to our hearts content. Both the young and the old will be dancing for joy. It will have been a long siege! But it will have come at a cost! Just as Israel had to be redeemed and ransomed by the Lord from a powerful enemy, we will have gained our freedom through the sacrifices of many. Countless hundreds of thousands of front line medical workers have risked their lives and even died through exposure to this dread disease. Thousands more have lost jobs and some have lost their homes–and some of us have been affected hardly at all. Many will have suffered only minor inconveniences as others have had their lives turned upside down. Granted, that’s how life is in this world–there’s a randomness to pain that’s hard to figure out. But later in 2021, as the disease loses its grip, we would be remiss if we didn’t recognize the labors and pains of so many. They sacrificed so that others might celebrate!

Thought for the Day: To whom will I give thanks as I make merry?

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