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
“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” Did you catch Paul’s command? Not only to rejoice but ALWAYS rejoice. “Always” you say? Yes…always. “When certain friendships continue to spiral downward and break even more?” Yup. Rejoice in the Lord. “When my spouse and I are failing at communicating and seem to find more harmful words than loving ones?” Yup. Rejoice in … Continue reading Rejoice in the Lord Always? Oh boy….
I have written this as a co-sufferer of a chronic health condition. I write not to draw attention to me but to give others who suffer hope. Continue reading FamilyFire: Finding Peace Amid Pain
On this 5th day of the Passion Week we find Christ, with 11 of his disciples, at the Garden of Gethsemane. It is on this evening that Christ’s humanity becomes blazingly clear as he asks of his Abba that the cup and the hour pass by…but only if God wills it. Continue reading Day 5: A Night of Anguish