Read Jeremiah 29:4-13.
2020 has been a strange, new, frustrating, challenging and sad year for most of the world. Over the past many months, we’ve wondered what was next, when we could get back to normal or if life would ever be normal again. God’s proclamation to the people of Israel during their exile in Babylon is a good word for us this first week of Advent. As we prepare to celebrate Jesus coming into our hurting world, how do these words from Jeremiah 29 connect with you? What inspires hope in you for today and for the future, for yourself and for the world? Invite God to show you ways you might cultivate hope in your own life and the lives of others this Advent season. Spend some time today reflecting on God’s consistent promise to give us hope and a future.