ISSL Reflections July 7 2024 Lamentations 3:16–24 Post 2

Let’s turn our attention today to any positive or uplifting images in this Scripture.

As you spend time with these words, take time to deeply notice what gives rise to hope for you.

Lamentations 3:16-24 (NRSVue)

He has made my teeth grind on gravel;
     he has made me cower in ashes;
my soul is bereft of peace;
     I have forgotten what happiness is;
so I say, “Gone is my glory
     and all that I had hoped for from the Lord.”

The thought of my affliction and my homelessness
     is wormwood and gall!
My soul continually thinks of it
     and is bowed down within me.
But this I call to mind,
     and therefore I have hope:

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases,
     his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
     great is your faithfulness.
“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
     “therefore I will hope in him.”

Did you notice –

“But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope.”

Yet immediately before that “homelessness, wormwood and gall” are all mentioned.

What do you think begins the transition from his sense of homelessness, and the loss of peace, happiness, and hope?

{ubi caritas et amor, Desu ibi est}

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