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Who likes a whiner? Not me!
Just don't tell me you don't like winter or that you're tired of the rain. Don't tell me the kids these days are terrible or that old people ought to catch up to the digital world. Don't tell me your cable/internet bill is too high or that your grass needs cutting twice a week and what a time thief that is!!!
If you don't vote don't EVEN think of complaining about the politicians to me, 'cause that'll be my first question: "Did you vote?" If you voted I'll let you vent a little and we'll move on. If you didn't vote ... zip it.
Who likes a complainer? Not me. Suck it up, buttercup.
Yet Jeremiah prays his Complaints to God. Yes he does.
And they're recorded for all to see. Thankfully we learn throughout the book of Jeremiah God both hears his complaints and God does not indulge them. Jeremiah 15 is one such moment in the prophet's life and it's worth our attention.
I envy the intimacy of Jeremiah's prayer. I envy that Jeremiah was willing to lay out his entire life before God, confessing his own misgivings about what God would have him to do and to say. Jeremiah always did it and said it regardless, always faithful to his calling. But the depth of Jeremiah's prayers, the interior nature of them, is a breath of fresh air.
This weeks sermon looks at one of Jeremiah's prayer, a Desperate Prayer if ever there was one!