December 3rd Advent Devotional

We Are Not Alone

Andrea Allan

Jeremiah 15:15-20

 We are just a few days into the season of Advent and the world around us continues to celebrate Christmas. There is merriment and laughter at every turn, and yet for some, this season is a reminder of better times. Whether it is the loss of a job, a relationship, or the death of a loved one, the joy of others makes the pain for some much more poignant.

Jeremiah was a prophet who had given God every aspect of his life and instead of being exalted by those around him for showing them God, he was persecuted and insulted. In this passage we have a brief glimpse into a private conversation Jeremiah has with God. In this passage we hear how lonely and frustrated he was at times. In his passionate words Jeremiah calls out to God asking, “Why is my pain unceasing, my wound incurable, refusing to be healed?” (vs 18)

While this time of year can be difficult for many of us, it might be helpful to remember that we are not alone in our pain and grief. People of God long before our time have raged in anguish to God, and yet God never left them. While at times we may feel lonely and abandoned, today we have the reminder through Jeremiah’s pain that no matter how hard we rage at God, God will never abandon us. As the words of our scripture remind us today, “for I am with you to save you and deliver you, says the Lord.” (vs 20)

Heavenly Creator, when the world around me is too painful to participate, may I always be reminded of your strength and love that guides me through to hopeful times ahead. In Christ’s name I pray, Amen.

 

Rev. Andrea Allan ministers in a rural charge in Embro, Ontario at Knox United Church of Canada. She lives with her family in Stratford Ontario.

©2018 by individual authors and Facebook Narrative Lectionary Group. This work is published under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

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