Reading: Lamentations 1, 3
Summary: During all of the time of Daniel and Ezekiel in Babylon, Jeremiah has been prophesying in Jerusalem (we read of him May 24-27). He lives through the time of the Babylonian siege and is one of the few Jews not taken into exile. He authors a second work, a lament over the destroyed city and its people, appropriately called Lamentations.
There Is a Time to Mourn
There is a time and a place for mourning.
Jeremiah lamented the tragedy that was Jerusalem—defeated and overthrown. “How lonely sits the city that was full of people!” (Lam. 1:1).
The problem comes when we camp there. That is, when our mourning turns into regret and despair; when all we can see is what was and what might have been.
The time comes to accept what now is, as mournful as it may be, and to begin again; to start over, to begin to build a hopeful future.
“Remember my affliction and my wanderings, the wormwood and the gall! My soul continually remembers 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” (Lam. 3:19-23).
Lament as you must and should, but when the time comes, move on!