ISSL Reflections April 25, 2021, Lamentations 5 Post 3

Once again you can read Lamentations 5 at –

The people of Jerusalem were able to explicitly name their situation, discouragement and pain.

One hope I have for us in reading and spending time with this painful passage is to see this came from a people still seeking God and still hoping in God.

Yes, they were in pain.

Yes, they were discouraged.

Yes, they wanted answers.

Yes, they were in the midst of a terrible time.

Yet …. What did they do?

They spoke it all in the hearing of one another and they spoke it to God.

Notice these words –

But you, O Lord, reign forever;
your throne endures to all generations.

Why have you forgotten us completely?
Why have you forsaken us these many days?

Restore us to yourself, O Lord, that we may be restored;
renew our days as of old—

unless you have utterly rejected us,
and are angry with us beyond measure.
(Lamentations 5:19-22)

In a few words they speak of the pain, the fear, and the hope – their faith.

Does our faith allow this full relationship with God. This freedom to name our pains and fears and yet, as it were, “to hope against hope”?

And even to end our prayer asking, “What’s next? When will it end?”

{ubi caritas et amor, Deus ibi est}

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