Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Lamentations 1:1, 5

Monday, September 30, 2013 – Proper 22/Ordinary 27, Year C

We are quickly approaching the end of this third year in the lectionary cycle. Our scriptures this week include: Lamentations 1:1-6 & Lamentations 3:19-26; Psalm 137; 2 Timothy 1:1-14 and Luke 17:5-10. Alternate selections include: Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4 and Psalm 37:1-9.

Lamentations 1:1, 5How lonely sits the city that once was full of people! How like a widow she has become, she that was great among the nations! She that was a princess among the provinces has become a vassal…Her foes have become the masters, her enemies prosper, because the LORD has made her suffer for the multitude of her transgressions; her children have gone away, captives before the foe.

The writer of Lamentations, traditionally thought to be the prophet Jeremiah, is anguished by the fall of Jerusalem and points to God’s displeasure “for the multitude of her transgressions” as the cause of the fall. While I rarely write about sin in these meditations, we are reminded this morning that sin can have devastating consequences for us and those around us.

Prayer: Gracious God, forgive us of our sins, and help us be more forgiving toward one another. Amen.

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