Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Our Response to Devastation

As our nation, especially residents of Oklahoma City and its vicinity, wrestle with how to respond to a devastating and fatal storm, followers of YHWH should help a fallen creation express its lament, for lament is especially appropriate in this season. The writer of Lamentations, a book written for such an occasion, gives us a head start:

"The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases, His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is Thy faithfulness. The LORD is my portion," says my soul, "therefore I will hope in Him."

"The LORD is good to those who wait on Him, to the soul who seeks Him. It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD. It is good for one to bear the yoke in youth, to sit alone in silence when the LORD has imposed it, to put one's mouth to the dust (there may yet be hope), to give one's cheek to the smiter, and be filled with insults."

"For the LORD will not reject forever. Although He causes grief, He will have compassion according to the abundance of his steadfast love; for He does not willingly afflict or grieve anyone." Lamentations 3:22-33

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