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Monday, February 25, 2019

Further: Grace in the Wilderness: Prayers and Poetry


Jeremiah 31: 39 “And the measuring line shall go out farther straight ahead to the hill Gareb; then it will turn to Goah.”

Further,

The measuring line continues further than can be seen.  It is not a short distance and once reached it will turn towards another distance.

References say that the name Gareb means a scab, and possibly a name for Leper’s Hill. Goah means a place near Jerusalem. Two very different locations and yet both a part of the journey. The first seems to go through a path of illness or rejection, and the second a path towards holy ground.

The journey here seems to require endurance and a commitment to go out further—to go past the hill. To overcome the hill of the lepers—outcasts—those who have been turned away from community and family.

The measuring line expands beyond our comfort zones, beyond our failures, beyond our brokenness. To reach the Lord we are given His directions—no matter how far the road is in distance or how long the reach extends to accept His refuge—His love.                                                                                                                                    

Maybe we need to trust that there is a call to go further and deeper into His relationship that will lead us to grace beyond our scabs and towards healing.

Lord, we narrow things down—out hearts, attitudes, opinions, belief, acceptance of others, all things negative we sharpen with precision and target. You open up everything beyond all our comprehension to expand and embrace and look beyond the horizon to the unseen. Please replace our fears with trust and anticipation.


Your thoughts,



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