Prayer: Thank you for your mercies new every morning. Help me to wait quietly. Your steadfast love is amazing and our hope is in you. Amen
Reading: Lamentations 3: 22-33 (Click to read text)
Stop and GROW: After reading the text, discuss/ponder the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which are part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers.
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, challenges, or doesn’t make sense to me in this text?
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text or is my favorite part of the story?
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me?
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text?
Reflection: From the margin notes in my Bible: 3: 22-39 The steadfast love of the LORD: These verses are often seen as the only message of hope in Lamentations....
I count on mercies new every morning and keep these verses close in heart but I did not realize the rest of Lamentations is so full of...lament. I guess I should have known, given the name of the book.
In the barrage of bad news, it's encouraging to get some good. Like the short "Bright Spot" at the end of the evening news cast when, after the all stories of international trouble and natural disasters, there is the one story of the person collecting truckloads of food for the needy or the community cleaning up a vacant lot for a playground.
There are bright spots. There are mercies...new every morning. Wait quietly. The LORD's love is steadfast and our hope is there.
-- Ruth Gates
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