The Way to Anathoth
Anathoth was the hometown of the prophet Jeremiah. The town suffered greatly from Sennacherib’s army. According to Nehemiah and Ezra, only 128 men returned to Anathoth after the Babylonian Captivity. When the armies of Babylon approached, Jeremiah was confident that his hometown would be taken. So what did Jeremiah do? He decided it was the right time to buy property.
According to Jeremiah 32:9 and following, “And [Jeremiah] bought the field at Anathoth from [his] cousin Hanamel, and weighted out the money to him, seventeen shekels of silver. I signed the deed, sealed it, got witnesses, and weighed the money on scales...he took the deeds and sealed them in an earthenware jar, in order that they may last a long time. For thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: Houses and fields and vineyards shall again be bought in this land.”
The garden at Anathoth was a symbol of the longevity of Israel. Even in the winter of exile, there would again come a spring of promise that Israel would again inhabit the promised land. For Jeremiah, the clearest symbol of return was a garden in his hometown.
There is no shortage of lessons that can be gleaned from a garden—health lessons, work lessons, care lessons, attention lessons. For these reasons, and maybe some of your own, FCPC has embarked on a planting pilgrimage. Perhaps you’ve noticed the work going on across the street that included dirt, mulch, and now a few plants, berries, and trees.
Saturday, April 16th, is a special day for our FCPC garden. We will be laying bricks along the labyrinth path. Although the path is winding, it always leads to the center. All people are invited, but a special invitation goes out to our children to help in laying the bricks. Please consider coming at 9:00 am.
Our last Logos meeting for the semester was March 22nd, Palm Sunday. While all Logos meetings are fun, this was especially meaningful as parents were invited to join along.
Not only were parents learning songs and eating with everyone, but we had a few special games planned for them. When we asked people to imagine the fellowship hall was a map, did you know we had people pressed against the wall to show they were from Romania?
Logos is a fantastic program for our students, and now it has been fantastic for families as well!