“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 have welfare” (Jeremiah 29:7).
To be in exile is far more extensive than geographical displacement. It is a comprehensive upheaval of all that is known, familiar, and loved. It requires a rebuilding of life from circumstances filled with grief, pain, fear, and uncertainty. As we seek to accomplish this challenging task of “going forward” a benefit is realized by those around us as they become witnesses to our living testimony of faith and hope.