But They Would Not Listen

This meditation is based on a passage for April 2, 2011 in the Daily Lectionary Year 1 from the Book of Common Worship for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) (1993).

Text: Jeremiah 13:1-11

Reflection and Question: I learned the value of a good visual aid in a sermon from a master, Rev. Charlie Appel. And I expect he learned this from Jeremiah who describes a once beautiful linen loincloth that was ruined by being buried by the Euphrates. I imagine him holding this rag and comparing it to the people of God, now in exile, who are meant to be the proud, clinging cloth but who have become, instead, “good for nothing.” Jeremiah tells us that, still, they did not listen, but we can hope that they saw his point through the cloth and became a little less stubborn. What do you see and hear in Jeremiah’s sermon?

Prayer: Holy Spirit of God, You desire us to be for You a people, a name, a praise and a glory. Ruin our pride, we pray, which so often leaves us good for nothing, failing to be these awesome things You see in us. Open our ears and our eyes to You. Amen.