In the summer, my husband and I would have our nieces stay with us overnight and then for the next day. Once we got past the night, all went well. Today they think they need a reunion and want to bring their daughters.
In Jeremiah, we read about the people in exile. They had a hard time hearing what God was saying about a time surely coming when God would make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah. In this new covenant, God promised, I will be your God, and you shall be my people. This new covenant will be written on your hearts and cannot be broken like the old covenant that was written on stone. The new covenant is possible only because the Lord will forgive iniquity and not remember sin. This new covenant will have the law written on your hearts and you will know the Lord, from the least of you to the greatest.
But the people in exile were somewhat homesick, and this new covenant sounded like something new to them; they wanted the old.
We are often just like these people, slow to change, afraid to take a risk.
Loving God, continue to make all things new. Help us to take a risk, for then we will see new life. Amen. — DMF