Scrolls of the heart
The prophet Jeremiah records in a scroll God’s words for God’s people. The King, cozied up to a warming fire in his winter apartment, takes a penknife to the scrolls, excising and then burning God’s words for God’s people. But God’s words have already been read in the hearing of all God’s people; have already been inscribed on their hearts. So when God instructs Jeremiah to create a new scroll with the old words, Jeremiah is not only able to do so, but “many similar words were added to them.” God’s words of truth, justice, liberation, belonging, and covenant are for all people, are indestructible, and are both living and fruitful, giving birth to more and more “similar words” as God’s people live into new times and places. This is good news! [sermon begins at 16:45]
Megan M Ramer
Narrative Lectionary – Year 3
- Come and see – Words and Music by Marilyn Hauser Hamm, © 1974.
- Come thou fount of every blessing – Words by Robert Robinson. Music Nettleton. Public Domain.
- The Love of God – Words and Music by F.M. Lehman, arr. Claudia Lehman Mays, © 1917.