Thoughts from Lamentations

I depart this morning from my normal genre of posts to reflect a bit more personally on a milestone—as of yesterday, July 1, we have lived 20 years in the same house. Obviously, much has happened during those two decades as three children have become adults, etc. But yesterday at breakfast my wife and I read the following passage from Lamentations (3:21-22) that expresses our sentiment (and I hope yours in your situation):

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

It is especially important to read the previous 20 verses to see what horrible life experiences the writer has gone through before he introduces verses 21-22 with the following “but”:

But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope:

These words, as most commentators say, express the heart of biblical faith. Like most families, we have had our share of sorrow and challenge. But…

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

2 Responses to “Thoughts from Lamentations”

  1. T says:

    Thanks for sharing this; amen to that heart of biblical faith. And congratulations on your longevity of place and relationships! St. Benedict would be proud!

  2. MJG says:

    Thanks, T. When my admin ass’t came to work with us, I gave her a wall hanging of St. Benedict’s quote about staying long in one place. That was 15 years ago; she’s still with us, now our admissions director, and for about 12 years Orthodox.

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