Category Archives: Lamentations

November 30 – The Songs We Sing – “Great is Thy Faithfulness”

Read Lamentations 3:21-24  “Great is Thy Faithfulness” is probably one of my favorite hymns. It stirs memories from my childhood, singing while sitting in the second row on the piano side of the Sanctuary (where we sat every single Sunday).  … Continue reading

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September 13 – Lament – Overlooking the Wages of Sin?

Read Lamentations 5:1-22 Several years ago Neil Postman wrote, “Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business.” In that book, he demonstrates how the city of Las Vegas, Nevada has become a symbol of the addiction … Continue reading

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September 12 – Lament – When the Bottom Drops Out…

Read Lamentations 4:1-22 Elie Wiesel, a Jewish teenager, lost his faith in God during an imprisonment at a Nazi concentration camp. Along with thousands of other prisoners, he was forced to watch members of Hitler’s Secret Service lead two men … Continue reading

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September 11 – Lament – Pleas from the Pit

Read Lamentations 3:33–66 Jeremiah spent 40 years warning Jews that God’s judgment would come unless they repented, but his pleas were ignored.  As a result, God allowed the Babylonians to destroy Jeremiah‘s beloved Jerusalem, the “City of Peace.” The ruins … Continue reading

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September 10 – Lament – God’s Infinite Compassion

Read Lamentations 3:1-32 Years ago, I served as pastor of a small church in southwestern Michigan for 2 ½ years while I was in seminary.  Every weekend, my wife and I drove about 75 miles with a close friend, even … Continue reading

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September 9 – Lament – A Trip to the Father’s Woodshed

Read Lamentations 2:1-22 Did you know a ping-pong paddle serves two purposes? You might not. The primary purpose, of course, is to play ping-pong. But I will always remember a secondary purpose:  It was a great instrument for discipline in … Continue reading

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September 8 – Lament – The Agony of a Lonely Heart

Read Lamentations 1:1-22 Imagine walking through the cities of Europe following the brutal battles of World War II. You hear a starving baby’s whimpers carried by the wind through bombed-out buildings. You see a woman sitting on the ground holding … Continue reading

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March 15 – Faithful – Great is Thy Faithfullness!

Read Lamentations 3:1-66 “Yet this I 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.”  (Lamentations 3:21-23) If … Continue reading

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September 23: Open Letters – Dear Emotions

Read Jeremiah 1 and Lamentations 3 To all of the emotions, I should start by proclaiming powerful words from a friend as a declaration to begin this letter; ”We are friends. Not because I longed for you or loved you, … Continue reading

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September 8: Forgotten and Forsaken?

Read Lamentations 5:1-22 Forgotten and forsaken. Abandoned and alone. Disowned and despised. Those are some of the words that seemed to have run through Jeremiah’s mind in this final chapter of his lament. Because of their sinful disobedience, God used … Continue reading

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