And so we begin in Lamentations <cry face emoji>
We will hear more from the weeping prophet, Jeremiah.
As I'm beginning this book I have to wonder how to read this book. I don't know if it's something I can answer. It's hard to read and I wonder how it applies to me. I know it must apply to me in general, but especially right now I can't see how. Right now I'm really glad at God. I'm no longer in a lament.
And therefore, I don't have a lot to say today, except for two observations from today's reading:
The verse in Lamentations, 2:13, "[Virgin Daughter Zion] your wound is as deep as the sea. Who can heal you?"
I love this because of the song it rises up in my heart.
Who can heal you?? I know who, I know who. Your wound is as deep as the sea but He is deeper than deep. The Creator of the sea will redeem and redeem. There is no wound too deep and no sin too great that our redeeming Creator can't HEAL.
The other thing I observed was that Paul seems to start almost all of his letters with a "when I think of you I thank God."
I don't think this is something I needed to realize in this specific season of my life for any reason, but I drew from this a principle:
We will always be able to find fault in a body of believers as we are all human beings. There is sin and imperfections still there; so no church will be perfect. But a church is always something to thank God for, and when we think about issues we see in the church we ought to start by thanking God for the ways the church is living for Christ.
I want this to always be my first reaction when I think of a body of believers: "thank You God."