Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Lament for The Hungry Man


 “Run back and forth through the streets of Jerusalem, and see now, and know, and seek in its wide places, if you can find a man, if there is anyone who does justly, who seeks truth, then I will pardon her....
Then I said, “Surely these are poor. They are foolish; for they don’t know the way of the Lord, nor the law of their God. Jeremiah 5:1,4

50 years ago my town had it's heart ripped out. 
Liptons, and the congregational church,  
The Hungry Man and my dentist, 
were all erased, 
replaced by a concrete jungle shopping centre
with palm trees
and a tiled floor.
They called it progress.

50 years ago the woods around my town were decimated, 
Highways laid low the oaks and ash
and in my minds eye I can still roll down the long hill
where now the traffic rumbles.
They call it progress.

50 years ago the fields were no longer ploughed
The farmers left their compulsory purchased land
and close after close of houses appeared,
in alphabetical order.
They called it progress.

They gave us a road system, 
That united the old and new inhabitants
as only they could find their way around.
They planted trees,
and factories
and gradually the old and new have merged into one
and we call it progress.

As people moved into the town they didn't transplant their spiritual roots, and so the churches in the town fail to connect with many of the townsfolk.  

Tonight a group met to pray for the town, in this the 50th year since the new town was established.  17 of us met.  That means we each were praying for about 5,000 people...

These verses from Jeremiah remind me that we need to be praying for our towns, interceding on their behalf and spreading the "Good News' of Jesus Christ to those who haven't heard the message. Yet.