The Transforming Branch

Dear Brothers and Sisters,


The future belongs to God.  Apart from God the future is threatening.  We cannot escape the past or control the future.  We live in an anxious culture. We cannot depend on what we thought we could.  Our hope is that God still brings a future.


“In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch to rise up for David; and he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land.” (Jeremiah 33:15)


What God promises through the prophet Jeremiah is that there is hope for the future, and it is in the metaphor of a Branch coming out of a stump.  If I were God, I would have gone for a more powerful image than one lonely branch coming out of a lifeless place. However, I have learned over the years to trust that God’s plan, even if it seems to be odd, it’s a better strategy than my own.


The actor Tom Hanks in a commencement address asked the group he was addressing, “How many cars need to be removed from gridlock to allow traffic to flow freely?”  The answer is “four cars.” 


When you feel alone and forgotten how many hello’s, or minutes from another do you need to remember that you are a precious product of God’s creation? If you are like me, a few minutes from one friend or family member at critical times is just the helpful reminder I need to be freed up to live my life with purpose and renewed joy.


Today seek to serve another by letting someone know you care about them. If you’re feeling alone or depressed, place yourself in the path of another you know you can count on for support and see what word of hope God might have to offer.  For from the Branch of David (a twig?) there is enough power of God to transform the world.


We indeed live in an anxious culture.  What we once depended upon cannot be counted on.  Offer a prayer to God that you might serve another, and that you might be served.  A Branch will rise up this day out of David. You can depend on God! For with God there is a future for us all! For this we give thanks this Thanksgiving!


See you on Sunday!


Still in one peace,


David J. Jensen


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