Share: A moment from today when you felt close to God, and a moment when you felt far from God.
Read: Jeremiah 29.4-7
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.
Ponder: Imagine God saying these words to the church: “I have sent you exactly where you are—so now live fully, share grace, and grow where you are. Reach out and do what you can to help transform the place where you are, because you and your city are in this together.”
Imagine—don’t be super literal, but imagine—What would it mean for the church to “build houses and live in them”? To “plant gardens and eat the produce”? To “multiply and not decrease”? How do we “seek the welfare of the city”? What is it God is saying to us today, where we are now?
Pray: for PCOP, for Palatine, for all the northwest suburbs, for Chicago.