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.
May 26, 2013 – Trinity Sunday/First Sunday after Pentecost God of Love and grace, you created us at our birth, but you continue to create us in our living. Even in death, the journey will not be complete. As we share our gifts this morning, we strive to grow into sacrificial giving. It is when we are challenged that we are shaped, re-formed by you, into the disciples you long for us to be. May the gifts we give and the lives we live display to the world an endurance that produces character and character that produces hope. For we pray boldly, knowing hope that comes from the Holy Spirit never disappoints! In Christ, we pray. Amen. (Romans 5:1-5)
Written by Ken Sloane, Director of Stewardship for GBOD.