Everyone has probably seen commercials for the U.S. Army. Those commercials are an invitation to anyone and everyone to join the army. But for those who choose to accept that invitation, something is expected of them in return. What happens when someone joins the army? In very specific ways army recruits are taught how they are expected to live. They are told how they are expected to look in uniform. And they are told how they are expected to make their bunks. They are made to get up at 5 a.m. and to go on five-mile runs. They are taught to look out for one another.
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Perhaps what most people crave in today's world, is to love and to be loved. But it may also be true that not many people outside the church would use quite that terminology. Some people might say that they're looking for happiness, others might settle for contentment, especially the contentment of knowing that their family is happy and secure. Yet others might express their desires in different ways , such as the longing for good health or the desire for wealth, but probably at the root of all these wishes is the search for happiness.
Today, and for the next several weeks, the Revised Common Lectionary devotes attention to one of the most intriguing figures in all of the Old Testament -- the prophet Jeremiah. Jeremiah began his work as the bearer of God's word to the nation of Judah during the time of King Josiah's reign in 627 BC. His prophesying continued even as Judah's brightest and best were forced to leave their homeland for exile in Babylon in approximately 586 BC.