The City I Live

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“Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.” (Jeremiah 20:7)

God had allowed the Israelites to be carried off into exile by their enemies because they had turned away from the only true God, and was living in sin and rebellion.

He told them in seventy years He would bring them back to Himself and the place they knew as home – their city. He told them to “seek the peace and prosperity” of the city he sent them.

For me, it might be extremely hard to pray that the very enemies who had taken me captive would have peace and prosperity. But, by doing so, I, too would be able to enjoy even the enemy’s peace and prosperity . . .because I live there too.

We who live daily with health problems and other life-changing issues have, in essence “been carried into exile.” I feel I am truly “having to live in a city which I know nothing about.” This body is no longer the familiar “city” in which I used to live, and certainly not the “city” I would have chosen.

But as God told the Israelites, instead of just feeling sorry for myself and doing nothing, I have found that I do much better if I “seek peace” in this city. Having this measure of peace prompts me to maybe write a devotional, or send someone a card – even small things such as this helps others feel more prosperous in some way . . and then I prosper as I hear how you were blessed by God using me in some small way.

I think maybe the little saying, “Bloom you are planted” would fit well here. I have seen beautiful flowers that have pushed their way through cracks in hard cement – and I feel so blessed as I think of how God has worked to make this happen. If a fragile flower can endure that kind of struggle through the helping Hand of our God, surely He will help me find “peace and prosperity” (bloom) in whatever situation (city) I am called to live. And, I pray the same for all of you.

About the Author:
Alice Ervin lives with Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue, MCS, and other health issues that come with the aging process. But, she is blessed to have the constant support of a wonderful Christian husband who is very understanding and helpful–and most of all her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

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2 thoughts on “The City I Live

  1. Hi Alice,

    Thanks for sharing these words with us – how much better it would be if we do seek peace with where we are right now. God has planned it and as one of our Pastor’s quotes often “the God who planned Calvary can be trusted”.

    God bless,

  2. I agree with you Alice, things go much easier for us if we are at peace in our ‘city’ or our bodies.

    But sometimes it is hard to be at peace in order to make things easier so we just defeat ourselves by not allowing ourselves to be at peace. If only we can get past that ‘hard’ step, we can make things easier and I pray that this will be true in my life.

    Does any of this make any sense to you. I’m having a hard time coming up with the words that I want to use. I hope you get the gist of what I’m trying to say. Brain fog is heavy tonight!

    Thinking of you and praying for you.

    Gentle hugs,


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