September 10: lament

Some days as I leave the house, I can hear our dog howling. We always put her in a kennel when leave the house and usually she is content to be there. But not always. Yesterday was one of those days. As I walked out the door, I could hear howling. It is a pathetic, mournful sound. There are times when I feel like howling but I don’t even have the energy to do that.

Haven’t we all had times when we are weary and worn out and feeling all alone with the challenges that surround us? How can this be? God, where are you?

The book of Lamentations is compelling if only because it feels so familiar. The writer was giving voice to a very discouraging time in the history of Israel. Destruction and death all around. The people who mourned were left with an uncertain future and no direction and no indication that tomorrow would be any better than today. And yet, in the middle of chapter three, a message of hope: “Yet I will call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”

I woke up this morning. I was given a new day. The sun still shines. God is. And when I am feeling sorry for myself, I lean on the words of Lamentations 3:24. “I say to myself, ‘The LORD is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.'” In other words: God is good all of the time; all of the time God is good.

Today’s readings: Lamentations 3-5; Revelation 15

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