Reading: Lamentations 1: 1-6
The title of the book from which we read says a lot about the content. There is much to be sad about. The words chosen convey this: deserted, desolate, distress, weep, grieve, slave, exile, sins. It is indeed a dark time in Israel’s history. It is made even darker because of the reason they are lamenting. It is not because of a cruel twist of fate or because of a random act of history. It is because of a long period of sinning against God.
There are times in our lives when we find the need to lament. These are times when many tears are shed. The sadness seems deeper when we have had a hand in bringing on the season of lament. Because of our own poor choices or bad decisions, we find ourselves in the wilderness. We can look back and see how our own actions have led us to where we are.
The years the Israelites shed were at first tears of sadness. They looked at their new situation and cried and mourned. They longed for what was. This is often our first reaction as well. But we cannot stop here. Just as the Israelites realized the error of their ways and repented and came back to God, so too must we learn from our poor choices and bad decisions. Our tears of regret must lead us to change, to become more than we have become, to repent, and to begin walking as God calls us to walk as disciples of Jesus Christ.
As the Israelites cried tears of repentance, God began to work in their hearts and began to restore them to a righteous relationship once again. God desires to do the same with each of us each time we go astray, each time we fail, each time we hurt. We too must repent and turn back to God. Then God will dry our tears and lead our hearts to turn back to our faith. There we will find healing and wholeness and love. There we will be made righteous and holy once again. May we humbly and earnestly seek the Lord our God.