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Jeremiah 8:18-9:3, Mourning for the People

Key Verse

O that my head were a spring of water, and my eyes a fountain of tears, so that I might weep day and night for the slain of my poor people!
— Jeremiah 9:1

RCL Daily Devotion for Monday, September 16, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by Dr. Kimberly Leetch from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

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What a passionate God we have! Growing up I learned of a God that was loving, but in a cool, calm, emotionless way. It’s hard to connect with a God that takes everything in stride, that shows no emotion, that stands above the passion experienced by human beings.

But these words come from a God that is crazy sick with love. God loves so very deeply, that when people betray God, it burns God’s heart. God weeps “a fountain of tears” for God’s people. We are God’s people, too.

For us, God’s heart burns with fiery passion. God weeps fountains when we walk away from God. This is a God that is willing to feel deeply, even when the feeling is grief. Because the flip side of grief is a love so deep, it brings a joy that nothing else can produce. God loves us with fire and frenzy, and God will never love any less.

May I never forget that you love me fiercely, O God! Amen.

 

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