Read… Jeremiah 30: 1-7
Again you shall plant vineyards on the mountains of Samaria; the planters shall plant, and shall enjoy the fruit.
Today we are asked to remember our BBGA. Every week we have around 60 young people come together to enjoy being a part of something bigger than they are. We have a great group of youngsters from age 5 through to older teenagers. They come to be with friends, to play sport and games, sometimes just to chat.
I’d be lying if I said there weren’t Friday evenings when I leave work after a long week and the thought of 2 hours chaos makes me want to scream. However, these kids always brighten my day. Intelligent and humourous they’re (usually!) a credit to themselves and their families. I hope you’ll join me in giving thanks for every one of them.
I’d like to link this back to today’s reading, but I’m struggling! However, I’ll try. We read today of God telling Jeremiah that he will deliver the Jewish people out of their suffering and struggling, into the lands He has promised them. It’s a reminder to us all that in those times where we’re struggling in small ways or large, God will come alongside us and give us what we need to lift our spirits and bring us back to Him.
Ponder… We still live in a world of religious separation. What do you think is needed in order to reconcile people who all seek to serve the same God, and who still focus their religious thoughts on Mount Zion, but do so in different ways? What is your part in this?
Pray… FOR OUR COMMUNITY We pray for all of the families who have been involved with our Boys’ Brigade and Girls’ Association. We thank God for the positive influence that this organisation has been on so many young people’s lives and we pray especially for those who are members of our current BBGA. FOR THE WORLD We pray for all of those who are members of voluntary organisations such as Brownies, St John’s Ambulance and the Boys’ Brigade. We thank God for the positive messages groups such as these give to young people.
Act… Make a list of your friends’ birthdays.