May we all bloom where we are planted
“But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.”- Jeremiah 29:7
God spoke these words to the people of Israel after they had been taken captive into the land of Babylon.
Living in Babylon, there was a lot that the people of Israel could complain about. Babylon was the enemy that destroyed their towns and cities and defeated them. The values and ethics of Babylon were vastly different. It would have been easy to complain and grumble about all that is wrong with Babylon - but God gave them a specific instruction. Pray for your city. When it does well, so will you.
I have been struck this summer hearing about some of the different things that have happened around our town. From the Vimy tree and downtown wood sculpture being destroyed, to the vandalism at in the washrooms at our park facilities. It can be easy to complain, grumble and have a bad attitude.
But, as a Christian, I live with the conviction that God has placed me where I am for a purpose and that I am to shine the light of Christ wherever I am. So instead of looking at all that is wrong around me, I pray for the welfare of Amherst. I pray for the welfare of our town, our elected
officials, our schools, businesses, nurses, police, fire department and paramedics.
The amazing thing is that as I pray God shows me so much of the good in Amherst. From our innovative business owners like those at Maritime Mosaic and Breakfast at Brittney’s to our emerging food scene with Smile Sushi, Bob’s Pizza and Shawarma and Victoria Faire to those who serve us with such effort in the Recreation department and other branches of government. This is a small list, we could fill this paper with the names of police, medical people, teachers, volunteers who work for the welfare of Amherst.
My prayer is that we would all bloom where we are planted and that hope would arise in Amherst, from our seniors to our students.