Jeremiah 9:8-9 They all speak friendly words to their neighbours, but inwardly are planning to lay an ambush. Shall I not punish them for these things? says the Lord; and shall I not bring retribution on a nation such as this?
“Duplicity, my child! It is a word that describes well this perverse generation. All sweetness on the outside, but all venom on the inside. Woe to those whitewashed tombs! They will be poisoned with their own venom! Can your just God turn a blind eye to their evil intentions and wicked deeds? It is not possible! Justice must have the victory. Children, be patient and trusting. Your Father has not forgotten you. I have carved you on the palm of my hand. Safeguard your integrity, my children. It is a precious treasure and a sure way to imitate me. You are beloved children of the living God, sons and daughters of perfect justice. Let neither honey nor venom issue from you, but springs of life-giving water. Children I am with you and I love you. Shalom.”
Heavenly Father, send forth your Spirit to be our source of life-giving water. Send your holy angels to guard our integrity and show us where we need to plug the holes. Loving savior, grant conversion to those who are filled with venom. Queen of Peace, pray for us! Amen.