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Friday, December 31, 2021

Verdict: Lamentations: Prayers and Poetry


                Only by God's
                forgiveness can
                our land, our lives
                find restoration.

                O Lord, ruler of generations
                forget we plead
                our sins, our rebellion
                forever reign.

                Once more in our hearts
                families of the earth
                on bended knee, worship
                final verdict Yours alone.

                Omega, return we pray.

Psalm 37:40: "The Lord helps them and rescues them; he rescues them from the wicked, and saves them, because they take refuge in him."

                        Isaiah 61:1-4

                 "The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me,
                because the Lord has anointed me;
                he has sent me to bring good news to the oppressed,
                to bind up the brokenhearted,
                to proclaim liberty to the captives,
                and release to the prisoners;
                to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor
                and the day of vengeance of our God;
                to comfort all who mourn;
                to provide for those who mourn in Zion--
                to give them a garland instead of ashes,
                the oil of gladness instead of mourning,
                the mantle of praise instead of a faint spirit.
                They will be called oaks of righteousness,
                the planting of the Lord, to display his glory.
                They shall  raise up the former devastations;
                they shall repair the ruined cities,
                the devastation of many generations."

Thank you for sharing Lamentations throughout this year. In 2022 -yikes already-we will take a walk through 1 & 2 Peter. 

Blessings and prayers on the beginnings of a new fresh year.

Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Reflection: Redemption: Lamentations: Prayers and Poetry

 Reflection Questions

        1. What verdict towards our sins has God shown us in Jesus?

        2. How does this gift change our heart desires?

        3. What rescue or restoration do you seek through His forgiveness now?

Share: How can we help each other to overcome defeat and come before Him on bended knees?

Monday, December 27, 2021

Redemption: Lamentations: Prayers and Poetry

Reading: Lamentations 5:21-22: "Restore to Thee, O Lord, that we may be restored; Renew our days of old. Unless Thou hast utterly rejected us, And art exceedingly angry with us."


Lord, too often we forget that this day is extra special. That we can engage in Your light. That each new day is a gift from You. That we are invited to be with You in all circumstances.

We ask that You continue to renew and restore each of us on each of our days as needed; that we may walk in Your purpose and authority. Give us strength for whatever we are called to be or to do.

Restore each of us. Regardless of the year behind or even the day we ask You for clear vision and open hearts to recognize and receive Your ongoing gift of living grace.

May all Your wandering children return. May all our families be rooted again in relationship with You. Each one heart to heart.

We ask for fresh vision--new courage--to step where You lead.

"Thy will be done."

Your thoughts,

Friday, December 24, 2021

Heritage: Lamentations: Prayers and Poetry


                Bereft of city

                squandered heritage

                struck by own sin

                barren future

                eyes dim

                fatigue saps strength

                forgotten by God

                ever hungry

                seek return of

                child's status

                create once more

                a sincere heart.

Psalm 37:39: "The salvation of the righteous is from the Lord; He is their refuge in the time of trouble."

Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Reflection: Refuge: Lamentations: Prayers and Poetry

Reflection Questions

        1. Do you find your heart striving more for an earthly heritage or an eternal one?

        2. What comfort does knowing that God reigns from generation to generation bring?

        3. How does God's constant and abiding presence comfort you when experiencing your own lament?

Share: What comfort does it bring to know He sees each one of us as His child?

Monday, December 20, 2021

Refuge: Lamentations: Prayers and Poetry

 Reading: Lamentations 5:16-20: "....Woe to us, for we have sinned! Because of this our heart is faint; Because of these things our eyes are dim; ... Thou, O Lord, dost rule forever; Thy throne is from generation to generation."


Too often the Lord's truth becomes hidden or buried behind our fears and worries and confusion. Only He can guide us with the truth that we need to follow His purpose in all situations.

His path.

Lord, we ask You to show us the way to go. May we hold Your hand, as a toddler does, with love and trust and curiosity to see the ongoing road You choose.

Your thoughts,

Friday, December 17, 2021

Despair: Lamentations: Prayers and Poetry


                mourning buries
                broken hearts
                all despair

                dancing youth
                long forgotten
                songs silenced

                last hope
                seek Savior

                mediates faith
                brings truth
                all return.

Psalm 37:38: "But the transgressors shall be altogether destroyed; the posterity of the wicked shall be cut off."

Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Reflection: Restore: Lamentations: Prayers and Poetry

Reflection Questions

        1. What has been the most recent season where mourning has silenced the joy in your life?

        2. Were you able to keep bitterness and fear from taking hold? How?

        3. Like Israel are you able to cling to God and turn to Him when evil appears to prevail?

Share: Psalm 30 says that the Lord has turned "my mourning into dancing." Do you believe the Lord will do this? have you experienced it yourself?


Monday, December 13, 2021

Restore: Lamentations: Prayers and Poetry

Reading: Lamentations 5:11-15: "...Elders are gone from the gate, Young men from their music. The joy of our hearts has ceased; Our dancing has been turned into mourning." 


Mourning--loss--fear--tears--each rip us apart. We replace love and hope with anger and dread and sometimes become determined to battle. Or sometimes to fade away into isolation internally and externally.

Grief cannot be mended. Yet only in the Lord can it be softened into sadness and memories. To remember and embrace without torment.

To cherish life day by day in all circumstances and become compassionate to others in heartbreak.

Lord, guide each of us to pray to hold onto You in grief and in joy, in mourning and in joy, in isolations and joy. Your light alone, by Your direction, will show us how to live into peace in all circumstances.

Your thoughts,

Friday, December 10, 2021

Survival: Lamentations: Prayers and Poetry


                Under scorching

                heat of famine

                carry the sins

                of ancestors

                face wilderness

                threats daily

                to survive

                pact with slave lords
                to beg bread

                meager cups

                crawling with insects

                our daily survival

                at whim of servants

                bored with humanity

                derision their


Psalm 37:37: "Mark the blameless, and behold the upright, for their is posterity for the peaceable."

Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Reflection: Everywhere: Lamentations: Prayers and Poetry

Reflection Questions 

        1. In what ways do you think we might also carry the sins of our heritage?

        2. What unrelenting desert seasons have marked your life?

        3. How can we break the consequences from continuing on to the next generation? Or can we?

Share: How does the gift of salvation carry us through times of heart and soul famine?

Monday, December 6, 2021

Everywhere: Lamentations: Prayers and Poetry

Reading: Lamentations 5:6-10: ... "Slaves rule over us; There is no one to deliver us from their hand. We get our bread at the risk of our lives Because of the sword in the wilderness..".


At first it seems these circumstances are so different from our lives and yet in some ways they are still the same.

Around the world we too get caught up in forms of bondage due to conditions, like a pandemic, and authorities and rulers--some that compromise safety in their aim for power.

We speak our truths at risk of condemnation and can receive broken relationships.

Or we keep silent and find ourselves drifting away from the Lord.

The wilderness is still deep and wide and filled with dangers. Everywhere.

Soul danger. Truth danger. Cost danger. Without You, Lord, everything is nothing.

Please lead us to go where You go Lord. To see daily through Your light and be Your people wherever You guide. Your heart within us throughout all our actions and decisions.

Your thoughts, 


Friday, December 3, 2021

Cost: Lamentations: Prayers and Poetry


                Her people pay now 
                to draw water from
                their own wells

                work in fields to
                earn day's wood
                twigs for night warmth.

                Once the owners
                now laborers on
                their own land.

                Given to aliens
                dressed in strange
                garments. Foreign voices
                command heritage.

Psalm 37:36:"Again I passed by, and they were no more; thought I saw them, they could not  be found."

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Reflection: Errors: Lamentations: Prayers and Poetry

 Reflection Questions

        1. Have you had to relinquish your life as you knew it due to your own sin or another's?

        2. What all did it cost you?

        3. Do you think it's possible that such a devastation can become a blessing? Why or why not?

Share: How does the act of being remembered put us back together or restore us?
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