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Lord, save your people. Bring them together as a mighty army. Make them the foremost! When we call out to the Lord to save His people, we may view them as a special forces troop or a bunch of superheroes. We expect at least to see God’s warriors coming as a terrifying collection of victorious looking people.
What do we see in Jeremiah, when he pictures the army of God returning from exile? Verse 8 speaks of the blind, the lame, and pregnant women. Though I have no wish to be demeaning to people who have visual or mobility difficulties or to those experiencing the wonderful opportunity to be a new parent, I will observe that verse 9 rightly speaks of a valid use of a smooth road and places with plenty of water. Those who cannot see obstacles are troubled by them. Those who have trouble climbing and may be dealing with different size, weight and balance than usual will benefit from smooth terrian. And abundance of water is a good thing. God gives an easy road for return, and it is helpful.
In reality, we see God’s restored people coming like a mighty army of people who may need to move slowly and carefully. They are weeping. They have been beaten down. They are broken in many ways. When God brings His people together it is to heal them and restore them.
Lord, save your people. Bring them healing. Take them to a place of safety. Concole them, for they need it. Draw to Yourself all those who need Your restoration.
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