She weeps bitterly in the night, with tears on her cheeks… (Lamentations 1:2) We begin today a four week series in which I want to speak especially to all who walk the path of sorrow and loss. Sooner or later that will be all of us. I. Packer says, “Grief is the inward desolation that […]
For All Who Grieve: Light and Hope in Lamentations
God has given us an entire book of the Bible that teaches us how to navigate the valley of sorrow and loss. The book of Lamentations is a house for sorrow and a school for compassion. Studying this book will help you better understand what it means to grieve and hope at the same time. It will help you be better equipped to live and serve in a suffering world, and it will encourage you to meet Christ on the path of sorrow.
“Is it nothing to you, all you who pass by? Look and see if there is any sorrow like my sorrow, which was brought upon me, which the LORD inflicted on the day of his fierce anger.” (Lamentations 1:12) We saw last week that grief is the inward desolation that follows losing something or someone […]
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. (Lamentations 3:20-23) Please open your Bible at Lamentations 3. […]
Remember, O Lord, what has befallen us; look, and see our disgrace. (Lamentations 5:1) The words ‘us’ and ‘our’ and ‘we’ are all over this chapter. Here, for the first time in the book of Lamentations, the grieving people begin to speak. These people have been shocked, stunned, and numbed by the terrible events that […]