This is what the Lord says:
“Stand at the crossroads and look;
ask for the ancient paths,
ask where the good way is, and walk in it,
and you will find rest for your souls…
I bet you have been a part of a conversation or two that sounded something like this:
“Do you think things are getting better?”
“Actually, they may be getting worse.”
“I don’t know…”
The wearied and the wounded are wondering what lies ahead. So too are the angry and the fearful. We are all trying to make sense of where we are, what we have been through, and what comes next.
God, through the prophet Jeremiah, tells the people that the road to healing and restoration can be found. God invites them and will show them the way if they will listen and follow. God says go to the crossroad and look. It is interesting that the people are told to consider their options and then to inquire about the ancient paths, to seek the old roads. Through Jeremiah, the people are told not to seek the easy way or their own way but "the good way." When they find the good way, they are told to walk in it and God promises that as they walk in it they will find rest for their souls.
So we are at a crossroads. I believe God’s promise through Jeremiah is wisdom for us in this moment. We will not retreat or run from the challenges we face. We will stand at the crossroads. We will have our eyes open, we will ask for the old roads and inquire about the good way. We will walk in it together and we will find rest for our souls.
Whatever the obstacles and whatever the terrain, the people of University still believe in building hope and easing burdens. Here, we believe that hard but true is better than easy but a lie. The people of this community remain committed to sharing the story of God’s love and to living more fully into our roles within it.
Perhaps, like Thomas, we may want to say, "but Lord, we don’t know where you are going, we don’t even know where we are. How can we know the way?" If we look and ask, we will hear what Thomas heard Jesus say, “I am the way, the truth and the life.”
Please join me in thinking and praying about making an estimate of your giving (pledge) for the coming year. I believe God is calling us forward in hope and truth, and I pray you will join us in following the way, the truth and the life.