Today’s scriptures weave together images of joy, hope, and gratitude. Jeremiah is almost giddy with hope and confidence in God’s future for the people. After years of struggle and hardship, the prophet proclaims that “happy days are here again,” or just around the corner. God is doing a new thing and hope is in the air. The nation will be restored to new glory. And so the prophet counsels, “Buy homes, get married, have children!” The upturn Jeremiah is expecting is both spiritual and economic. God will provide a future and a hope for the nation.