Pastor's Ponderings
Heartland Shared Ministries
February 2020 Newsletter

Edgar, Nebraska

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.  Jeremiah 29:11(NRSV)

Life is hard. There are so many things that happen that effect a person both physically and emotionally.
Life can change in a heartbeat. One minute one may be sad the next over joyed. One minute one may be overjoyed the next crushed with sadness. We can go to the a doctor’s appointment and nothing happens, no surprises, relief. We can go to a doctor’s appointment and with one word our lives can be turned upside down. We may be in relationships that excite us, help us to grow, filled with love and respect. We may be in relationships that are full of abuse, no love, no respect. There are times in life we can control, we can make choices, we can respond. There are times in life when we are out of control, our choices are influenced by illness. Life is hard.Yet in the midst of this hard life, in the midst of all the emotions and physical hardships we have the Lord.
   

 We have the Lord. In the midst of the chaos, we have the Lord. In the midst of the heartache, we have the Lord. In the midst of the celebrations, we have the Lord. We have the Lord that promises us that there is a plan; A plan for our welfare, not for our harm, a plan with hope.
   

 I know for some of us, we stand and challenge those words. How can God have a plan? My daughter just died. I was just told I have cancer. I am getting abused. My spouse won’t seek help. How can the Lord have a plan!? I wish I could explain it. I wish I could give you the answers you are seeking, answers that sooth the troubled heart and spirit.

When Jeremiah spoke the words in verse 11, the people he was speaking to were going through a very hard time.  There was chaos. There was death. There was hopelessness. Yet, God spoke these words through Jeremiah to give reassurance, hope. God wanted the people to know that God was still active, still planning, still with them.

God speaks to us through Jeremiah’s words today. God wants to remind us to have faith. God has plans for us and knows them. God has plans for our welfare and not to harm us. We have a God whose plans give us hope. They are plans that were sealed as a New Covenant with the Body and Blood of Christ; sacrificed on the cross, raised from the dead. Jesus gave up His life that we may have hope, life, love, a future!

 Life is hard at this time, but this time is only temporary. We walk this journey with our eyes on the Lord. We walk this journey in anticipation of life eternal. We walk this journey moment by moment, day by day with faith that God holds us in the palm of those mighty hands. We walk this journey remembering Jeremiah 29:1 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.

God’s blessings in the midst of the journey
Pastor Ethan

 

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