Lesson: Jeremiah 17:5-8
Note: Today’s sermon was preached by Rev. Kate Taber, Presbyterian Mission Agency point person in Jerusalem.
I arrived home one night in July to find a voicemail from an old friend. “Thinking of you,” she said earnestly, “and praying that you are safe.” I felt immediately sheepish, thinking of the beautiful garden patio I had just left, where I was having drinks with friends and making plans for brunch over the weekend. I was reminded again of the insane and surreal nature of our lives in Jerusalem over the summer. Fifty miles away, Israel was bombing and invading the Gaza Strip and militants there were sending out rockets. Yet, contrary to the perception of my friends and family, we were incredibly safe. Only a few rockets managed to reach as far as Jerusalem, and they were easily intercepted.