Lamentations. The perfect name for the prophet’s painful prayer in light of Jerusalem’s destruction and Israel’s captivity by the Babylonian Empire.
The gospel story in John describes Jesus’ trial and crucifixion – the quintessential human experience of abandonment and despair.
But always (always! always!) God’s people can find hope in the midst of despair. The opening chapters of Jeremiah and Isaiah offer brilliant visions of call; the prophets cannot not speak a word from the Lord in the midst of their swirling spiraling history.
Be sure to read the Psalms in this week’s Living in The Story texts.
Living in The Story blog for Week 36