A Daily Dose of Good News
Tuesday, June 23, 2020
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Good morning! It is May, no June!- 23 and it’s time for our Daily Dose of Good News. But before I start that, I need to give a few prayer updates- three to be precise.
1). Chris and Fred Burton are grandparents! Their daughter Sarah, had her baby girl, Leona Christine. They are thrilled and everyone is doing well.
2). Diane Whalen is home from the hospital! She was readmitted due to the infection and then she was suddenly released on Saturday and she is thrilled to be home! She was shocked and stunned when they gave her the offer and she hustled out of there, before they could change their mind. She’s home and on oral antibiotics and doing much better.
3). Also an update for those of you who are on the Prayer Alert- we had sent out an alert about Caleb Snyder, who is the son of Pastor Kevin Snyder and his wife Cori. They were neighbors of the Eberles previously and are now neighbors with the Roth family. Basically, their 14 year old son, Caleb, had fallen while “creeking”, they’d taken him to the hospital, he’d gotten stitches and been diagnosed with a concussion, and then due to some symptoms, they’d taken him back and he’d been admitted to Nationwide on Friday. Basically, when they got him there, they found out he had a skull fracture, a blood clot, and an infection. So, they did an MRI on Friday, a surgery shortly after that to drain the infection off of his head, and they had another MRI on Monday. At this point, when they did the surgery, they found a pebble had gotten lodged in his head from the fall. They were able to remove that, do cultures on the pebble to find out what bacteria remained, in order to best treat with antibiotics- the infection that remains in Caleb. So, the end result is… he is doing better, he’s starting to eat solid food, and they’re starting to look at an eventual discharge of him as they continue to treat him. That’s really good news, as well.
So, we’ve got three pieces of really good news this morning and now we’ve got some more… from Jeremiah 26:1-12.
At the beginning of the reign of King Jehoiakim son of Josiah of Judah, this word came from the Lord: 2 Thus says the Lord: Stand in the court of the Lord’s house, and speak to all the cities of Judah that come to worship in the house of the Lord; speak to them all the words that I command you; do not hold back a word. 3 It may be that they will listen, all of them, and will turn from their evil way, that I may change my mind about the disaster that I intend to bring on them because of their evil doings. 4 You shall say to them: Thus says the Lord: If you will not listen to me, to walk in my law that I have set before you, 5 and to heed the words of my servants the prophets whom I send to you urgently—though you have not heeded— 6 then I will make this house like Shiloh, and I will make this city a curse for all the nations of the earth.
7 The priests and the prophets and all the people heard Jeremiah speaking these words in the house of the Lord. 8 And when Jeremiah had finished speaking all that the Lord had commanded him to speak to all the people, then the priests and the prophets and all the people laid hold of him, saying, “You shall die! 9 Why have you prophesied in the name of the Lord, saying, ‘This house shall be like Shiloh, and this city shall be desolate, without inhabitant’?” And all the people gathered around Jeremiah in the house of the Lord.
10 When the officials of Judah heard these things, they came up from the king’s house to the house of the Lord and took their seat in the entry of the New Gate of the house of the Lord. 11 Then the priests and the prophets said to the officials and to all the people, “This man deserves the sentence of death because he has prophesied against this city, as you have heard with your own ears.”
12 Then Jeremiah spoke to all the officials and all the people, saying, “It is the Lord who sent me to prophesy against this house and this city all the words you have heard.”
Here ends the reading.
And that’s a cliffhanger of what happens next to Jeremiah! You can read chapter 26 if you want to know the answer…
But, what I wanted to focus on in this text, is that Jeremiah has some really tough stuff to say to the people, that God wants him to share. And God conveys to Jeremiah, “do not hold back a word. Not a word.” I think about how sometimes we have to say things to each other that we may not want to hear. These people do not want to hear what Jeremiah had to say. But God said, “you’ve got to say it, and hopefully they’ll listen, and hopefully things will change, because they’ll actually listen and change their behavior.” So it’s necessary. Even if it seems harsh, or it’s not going to be well-received. And we’ve got lots of phrases for that, right? ‘Constructive feedback,’ ‘Constructive criticism.’ ‘A growing edge’ is what we called it when I did my chaplaincy in Cincinnati through my CPE program. That was the thing I was working on, ‘your growing edge,’ right? So, we’re all going to, sometimes, hear things that we don’t want to hear. I think having some openness to sifting through that, and trying to be open to: is God in any of that? Is any of that stuff, that while I might be defensive, or I may not want to hear it, or I may not like that information; is that something that I need to hear, need to change, need to do, that God wants me to know- so that things can be different? And things can be better? I encourage you on that today. Whether you are giving feedback or receiving feedback. To try and be in that space with God and say ‘God, what do You want me to hear in this? What do You want me to know in this?’
And it strikes me, we’ve got some gorgeous examples today, in those prayers! In those situations, two of which were infections, which needed to be treated in order to get better. And I’m sure Diane Whalen didn’t like hearing that she had to be readmitted to the hospital in order to get this infection taken care of. I’m sure she didn’t want to hear that. None of us would! It’s been an ongoing saga. But, yet, that change in terms of antibiotics, and getting that handled, needed to occur, in order for her to get to healing. Likewise, with little Caleb, that surgery uncovered a rock that they didn’t know had gotten lodged in his head. If they hadn’t done the surgery, they would never have found the rock. The infection would never have healed. I’m sure his parents didn’t like hearing that he was going to need surgery, as a fourteen-year-old boy. But yet, God brought healing out of that. And God brings healing even out of the birth of a child! Even though the route is childbirth- which is not super pleasant- as I can vouch for… So, even through painful routes, God wants to bring healing. So, in whatever way we can be open to that, I think there’s an invitation from God. So, good luck with that today. That’s tough and you’ve got God next to you, so I know you can do it! Take care. I hope that God brings healing to you, even if it needs to come through routes that are uncomfortable, or painful, or hard to hear. Trust God in the faithfulness of that. Alright, take care everybody. Bye-bye.