Deed (Proper 21C)

Jeremiah 32:1-3a, 6-15
Jeremiah is being held by King Zedekiah because he has been foretelling the destruction of Jerusalem by the Babylonian King Nebuchadrezzar. Yet Jeremiah also receives a prophecy telling him to purchase land from his cousin Hanamel and to put the deed away for the future when the Israelites return. Knowledge of the deed could provide hope for the Israelites’ future despite the destruction they were about to endure.
Start out by listing all of God’s promises to you that provide you hope. Include times when you know God has helped you in a difficult situation. Put this away in a safe place for a time when you feel like God isn’t around.

Psalm 91:1-6, 14-16
This psalm has a few images of God as refuge and fortress. Read the psalm slowly and pay attention to which image resonates the most with you. Maybe there’s a different image that attracts you. Using the quote from verse 2 and one of the images, create an image of you with God protecting you.

1 Timothy 6:6-19
In verse 8, the letter writer states that if we have food and clothing, we will be content. However, Abraham Maslow found a hierarchy of needs that goes beyond food and clothing. One focuses on self-denial and the other on self-actualization but the point is what we need in order to be content. Begin by drawing a pyramid and write the things you must have to survive at the bottom. Write the luxuries at the top. Then re-read the passage and figure out where you are in relation to earning money for basic needs versus making money for “senseless and harmful desires.”

Luke 16:19-31
This passage focuses on the rich man blinded to the needs of others, who discovers his mistake too late when he sees Lazarus in heaven with Abraham. Instead of an art project today, get a friend and go on a prayer walk. What this means is walking around your neighborhood in silence and paying attention to what you see and then talking about it afterwards.

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