“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 their produce… 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.”
– Jeremiah 29: 4-5, 7
Though a bit chilly and overcast on Monday, our Memorial Day outreach was a grand success. Julie, Christopher, and I very much enjoyed our very first Memorial Day event at WLCC. Our grill masters and cotton candy machine spinners worked together to provide a seamless outpouring of hot dogs and colored sugar to all who chose to partake. The success of the event was directly attributed to the many volunteers who donated hot dogs and condiments or came out to set up, serve or tear down. Truly it was a community wide as well as a church wide event. Great job to all who helped organize this outreach.
As the parade wound down, I had the privilege of representing our church at the Memorial Day ceremony. I met a number of people from the town as well as Representative Scott Storms and Selectman Chris Kervick. It was a pleasure to be able to lead the community in prayer and to beseech the Lord’s protection and healing over our veterans and their families. We as a church community honor those that have served in the armed services including our own WLCC veterans. We thank you for your sacrifice and service that assures our continued freedom, freedom that most assuredly includes our meeting and worshipping Christ together.
As we know Jeremiah wrote the words above to a people who were conquered and taken into exile. And while we are not a conquered people, we are as Peter informs us foreigners and sojourners. This is not our permanent home. In the years that remain to us, we like the exiles in Babylon have the privilege and responsibility to use our freedom wisely so as to live our lives for the glory of God.
Memorial Day as you know is traditionally the start of the summer season. The kids will soon be out of school and families will be off enjoying vacation. There will be more time and better weather to enjoy barbecues, and trips to the lake or the beach. So as we head out into summer let the words of Jeremiah ring in our hearts. May we truly “seek the welfare of the city …., and pray to the Lord on its behalf.