"Oh that my eyes were a fountain of tears, so that I might weep day and night"
Jeremiah 9:1

The famous quote from
A Tale Of Two Cities "it was the best of times, it was the worst of times" applies to us
today.  Looking for answers, we Christians delve into the pages of Scripture for instruction and comfort.  
We look for someone to whom we can relate, who has gone though tough times before.  
There are many to chose from, and Jeremiah is certainly one who walked the walk.   When God called him,
the world around him was in shambles.  There was little respect for human life, moral standards were low,
and Jeremiah's own Hebrew nation was in turmoil.  There are similarities today.

Jeremiah could see the down side when God called him, but he chose to serve God in spite of what
it might cost.  And it cost him everything.  The nation of Judah was soon to face God's judgment,
the days were bleak and without promise, and Jeremiah was already worn out, at rock bottom, emotionally
drained.  He didn't have a support group to encourage him.

Enter God, creator of heaven and earth, alpha and omega, the great I Am.  God gave Jeremiah
a most unusual invitation.  He asked him to be a weeping prophet.  God looked over the land and
found a humble person who would be the lifeline between God and the people of Judah. They didn't deserve
it, but God had set a covenant in place after the great flood, and promised that there would never be such
destruction of human life again.  The covenant was sealed with a rainbow strewn across the sky in the form
of an arch.  That same rainbow would be a symbol for God's own people
throughout the ages, a symbol of hope, and of covenant.  

Jeremiah found that everything he embraced as dear, every tenet he lived by, was devastated by his
oppressors.  He had vowed his loyalty to God, and that meant enduring misconceptions, deliberate
misunderstandings, and persecution from his peers.  He was even put in prison.  

Nothing has changed 2600 years later.  Minorities, particularly gay and lesbian people, are still persecuted
by zealots who deliberately and purposefully seek to demean and destroy God's peculiar people.  The big
picture escapes them, as they refuse to consider any alternate translation of particular words and phrases,
not living the gospel of love which they preach.  And worse, they dismiss the very words of Jesus who simply
shrugged and said sure, some people are born that way.  He also said that not everyone would accept His
statement, not that they are incapable, but that they are stubborn
and unbending.  

The Pharisees will always be with us, hiding behind piety, accusing, speaking false words of love, while
harboring their own agenda far less honorable.

We of the rainbow covenant, are the Jeremiahs who are being invited to be weeping prophets.  It's an
invitation to serve without any guarantee of earthly reward.  No one will know the tears we cry, nor the
heartache we suffer.  We are invited to be prophets of God, anointed with ministries of gentle kindness. We
walk in humility.  We are the lifeline to the ones selectively bringing a gospel of hope and love only to those
whom they chose.  The opposite of what Jesus asked His redeemed to do.  

Scripture says that many in that day shall cry Lord Lord, but He will tell them to go away because He never
knew them.  Satan will try to convince you that obedience to your calling comes with too high a price.  He'll
hide from you the greater cost of not obeying your Heavenly Parent.  Jeremiah had the satisfaction of
knowing that he was a faithful and beloved servant of God.  Jeremiah calls to us.  
Let us embrace our calling.  

"Many will say to Me on that day,
'Lord, Lord, didn't we prophesy in your name,
and cast out demons, and perform miracles?'
Then I will clearly tell them,
Depart from Me.  I never knew you."
(Matthew 7: 22-23)