A Traveler’s Lodging Place

One thing about being on sabbatical is that you must accomplish the project listed on your sabbatical proposal. I have been on sabbatical since last January working on a book on Jeremiah and prophetic ministry. I have been spending most of my time reading books and articles on Jeremiah. This is the reason I have not been able to write more for the blog.

The prophet Jeremiah said: “O that I had in the desert a traveler’s lodging place, that I might leave my people and go away from them!” (Jeremiah 9:2). I feel sorry for Jeremiah. He was involved in doing something very difficult: he was ministering to a very difficult people. His task was so burdensome that he wished he could find a lodging-place somewhere in the wilderness to rest and recoup from his ordeal.

I am fortunate. I have found a traveler’s lodging place in a remote place in Wisconsin “that I might leave my [family] and go away from them” for awhile. I will be taking several days off from blogging beginning today. I am planning to go to my “traveler’s lodging place” with my books and computer and spend a week reading and doing research on Jeremiah.

I will be back soon.

Claude Mariottini
Professor of Old Testament
Northern Baptist Seminary

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