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Spirit Space–life goes on

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Psalm 137:1-4

By the rivers of Babylon-
there we sat down and there we wept
when we remembered Zion.
On the willows we hung our harps
while our captors asked us for songs,
and our tormentors asked us for laughter.
How can we sing the Lord’s song in a foreign land?

Jeremiah 29:1, 4-7

These are the words of the letter that the prophet Jeremiah sent from Jerusalem to the remaining elders among the exiles, and to the priests, the prophets, and all the people, whom Nebuchadnezzar had taken into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon.

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 what they produce. Take wives and have sons and daughters; take wives for your sons, and give your daughters in marriage, that they may bear sons and daughters; multiply there, and do not decrease. 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.

praying with poetry and song….
Hammer and a Nail, by the Indigo Girls

Clearing webs from the hovel, a blistered hand on the handle of a shovel.
I’ve been digging too deep, I always do.
I see my face on the surface, I look a lot like Narcissus.
A dark abyss of an emptiness standing on the edge of a drowning blues.

I look behind my ears for the green, and even my sweat smells clean.
Glare off the white hurts my eyes.

I gotta get out of bed and get a hammer and a nail,
learn how to use my hands, not just my head,
I’ll think myself into jail.
Now, I know a refuge never grows from a chin in a hand
in a thoughtful pose.
Gotta tend the earth if you want a rose.

I had a lot of good intentions, sit around for fifty years,
and then collect a pension.
Started seeing the road to hell and just where it starts.
But my life is more than a vision, the sweetest part is acting
after making a decision.
I started seeing the whole as a sum of its parts.

I look behind my ears for the green, and even my sweat smells clean.
Glare off the white hurts my eyes.

I gotta get out of bed and get a hammer and a nail,
learn how to use my hands, not just my head,
I’ll think myself into jail.
Now, I know a refuge never grows from a chin in a hand
in a thoughtful pose.
Gotta tend the earth if you want a rose.

My life is part of the global life; I’d found myself becoming more immobile,
when I’d think a little girl in the world can’t do anything.
A distant nation- my community, and a street person- my responsibility.
If I have a care in the world, I have a gift to bring.

I look behind my ears for the green, and even my sweat smells clean.
Glare off the white hurts my eyes.

I gotta get out of bed and get a hammer and a nail,
learn how to use my hands, not just my head,
I’ll think myself into jail.
Now, I know a refuge never grows from a chin in a hand
in a thoughtful pose.
Gotta tend the earth if you want a rose.

With the Word online Bible Study: gratitude

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Luke 17:11-19

On the way to Jerusalem Jesus was going through the region between Samaria and Galilee. As he entered a village, ten lepers approached him. Keeping their distance, they called out, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” When he saw them, he said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were made clean. Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice. He prostrated himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him. And he was a Samaritan. Then Jesus asked, “Were not ten made clean? But the other nine, where are they? Was none of them found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” Then he said to him, “Get up and go on your way; your faith has made you well.”

Jeremiah 29:1-7

These are the words of the letter that the prophet Jeremiah sent from Jerusalem to the remaining elders among the exiles, and to the priests, the prophets, and all the people, whom Nebuchadnezzar had taken into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon. This was after King Jeconiah, and the queen mother, the court officials, the leaders of Judah and Jerusalem, the artisans, and the smiths had departed from Jerusalem. The letter was sent by the hand of Elasah son of Shaphan and Gemariah son of Hilkiah, whom King Zedekiah of Judah sent to Babylon to King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon. It said: 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 what they produce. Take wives and have sons and daughters; take wives for your sons, and give your daughters in marriage, that they may bear sons and daughters; multiply there, and do not decrease. 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.

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What pops out at you in these stories? Is there anything that makes you go “hmm….” or “huh?” or “hey!!!!” Are you reminded of any other stories–whether in the Bible, in literature/movies/music/TV, or in your own life? As you read, do you hear any music in your head?

Can you see how or why these two stories might be related, why they would be paired in our Bible Study today?  Is there anything that becomes clearer when we read the two together, or a message we might miss if we read just one of them?

What do you hear as the good news in these stories? What do you hear as a challenge? What might these texts have to say to our community today?