Friday, March 12, 2010

Lamentations 5


Prairie Chick said...

"Bring us back to you, Lord, and we will return. Make our days as they were before." v21

Wow. Just amazed how the theme from yesterday carries directly over here into Lamentations again. This is what I love about reading the bible this way. Denise's comment from yesterday's reading applies perfectly here as well.

My only other thought is that after sin and the subsequent consequences our lives can truly never be "as they were before." there will always be a difference, because we are not the same person. We may repent, we may overcome, we may move on, but we WILL be changed.

Denise said...

During peace and posperity, the leaders and elders of the city would sit at the city gate and talk over politics, theology, and philosophy, and conduct business. As Jeremiah prayed, he saw fewer and fewer evidences of either the healthy interaction or the lighthearted dancing of their former lives under God's blessing. They had lost even the everyday events they had assumed would always be there. A lack of continual gratefulness to God often indicates that we are taking the goodness of life for granted.

Jude said...

v16-18 "The crown has fallen from our head. Woe to us, for we have sinned! Because of this our hearts are faint, because of these things, our eyes grow dim for Mount Zion, which lies desolate, with jackals prowling over it."

This verse reminds us why we have to be so diligent to stay away from sin...our sin makes our hearts faint, our eyes dim especially for the things of God. A good reminder.

I think that as Denise mentioned, being thankful in all things is one way to keep us on track and our hearts in the right place. When my girls are able to praise God in disappointment (as I heard them do today), my heart soars. At their age, I had never even considered such a thing but I pray that they can carry it through their whole lives.