In today’s Lamentations reflections we look at 3 simple verses that mean SO much. 3 verses that not only helped Jeremiah get to a place of hope (as we saw last week) but 3 verses that challenge ALL believers in how they live and act and the hope they have. Continue reading Lamentations 3:34-36 The Nature of God
We now enter into a long-awaited hope amid the pain and suffering. That regardless of what is going on there is still “hope.” And so the observer, while in the of all this pain and suffering, REMEMBERS the God of grace and hope. It’s a challenge for you and I to remember to look beyond where we are and remember just who God is. Continue reading Lamentations 3:20-33 Finding Hope
Chapter 3 brings us to a new place of suffering as the observer is now fully invested. No longer do they stand idly by but, for some reason, they now feel the pains of the city. And it’s not just feeling…it’s fully taking them in as “my” pains. It’s now personal. Continue reading Lamentations 3:1-19 Entering Into the Pain of Others
Our reflections on the final 3 verses of Lamentations 3 are long as we attempt to work through some pretty painful things. But it’s a work-through that is important as we begin to look at prayer, petitions, and the needs of God’s people while in the midst of pain and sadness. Continue reading Lamentations 2:20-22. Pain: the Beginning of Healing – Part 3
In today’s reflections on Lamentations we look at part 2 of pain as seen, and observed, by the observer as they walk the city of Jerusalem. It’s in their words that questions of blame, healing, and hope begin to be flushed out and questioned. Continue reading Lamentations 2:11-19 Pain: the Beginning of Healing – Part 2
In today’s reflection of Lamentations we dive into the first 10 verses of chapter 2. Verses that reflect how God is systematically bringing about the destruction of his covenant Daughter. And while destruction IS taking place let us look deeper into what God is actually doing. Continue reading Lamentations 2:1-10 Pain: the Beginning of Healing – Part 1
Our text starts off with a quick word from our observer (vs 17) and then verses 18-22 is the woman, once more, lamenting on what is going on – and yet there is a brief pause where she recognizes her own sins and her rebellion against God’s righteous ways (vs 18) – and it ends with verses 19-22 with her continued pleas to God. So … Continue reading Lamentations 1:17-22 Forgiveness: Taking Ownership or Pointing Fingers?