The lectionary interrupts the readings from Jeremiah for this selection from Lamentations. Interrupts is too strong a word because this reading like the ones from Jeremiah is dealing with the same situation--the invasion of the capital city by the powerful enemy army.
Grief at what has been lost--status, friendship, and family. Now, loneliness, abandonment, sorrow.
They can remember the celebrations of the past, but now they are being ruled by their enemies.
For modern readers who live in countries that have been attacked, we can read these words as reminder of the losses we had and how we felt. And we can read them as a model for how we can admit our own wrongdoing.
December 8, 2013 – Second Sunday of Advent Holy God, through your prophets you have promised us a world where justice and mercy would reign, where knowledge and understanding would prevail, and where the poor and the weak would be the recipients of compassion and not scorn. You sent Christ to give us the vision of this kind of Kingdom, then gave us the Holy Spirit within us that we might work to make a way for it in our world. As we give our gifts this morning, may you dedicate them and us to help bring about a world where your love, mercy, and grace reign supreme. We pray this in the name that is above all others, Jesus the Christ. Amen.(Isaiah 11:1-10.)
written by Ken Sloan.
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