Be appalled, O heavens, at this,  be shocked, be utterly desolate, says the Lord,
for my people have committed two evils:
   they have forsaken me, the fountain of living water,
   and dug out cisterns for themselves,
   cracked cisterns that can hold no water. (Jeremiah 2:12-13)

Jeremiah’s thundering call to repentance stops us dead in our tracks, shocking us and driving us to self-examination and confession.

We have imbibed and bathed in the fountain of the abundant living waters of God, yet have vainly tried to hoard God’s grace for ourselves in the broken cisterns of our self-indulgence, turning deaf ears to the cry of our neighbor, limiting our horizons for faithful discipleship. Kyrie Eleison—Lord have mercy!

Who is the neighbor in need in your home, in your place of work, in those you meet in the ordinary moments of your life today? What actions can you take in the coming hours of today’s life journey to infect others with hope?

Dear Holy One, fountain of living water sustaining us every moment of this day, with your promise of forever, may our minute by minute response to your amazing love be a blessing to all whose lives touch ours in whatever way during this holy now of our existence. Amen

Wilson and Nora Boots - Involved, learning, grateful

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