Week 36: September 3 – September 9

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.

Jeremiah 1-4
Isaiah 1-12

Psalms 138

Psalm 139

Psalm 141

John 18-19


Living in The Story blog for Week 36


Author: Charlotte Vaughan Coyle

Charlotte lives and blogs in Paris TX. She is ordained within the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and developed Living in The Story while doing doctoral work at Brite Divinity School in Ft. Worth. Charlotte also blogs about intersections of faith, politics, and culture at CharlotteVaughanCoyle.com.