Lamentations and Shadows

This word, lamentation, has very little meaning for us in our modern language. It was used in Scripture to note a time of deep distress. There is even a book in the Hebrew Scripture entitles ‘The Lamentations of Jeremiah’.

But for this day, Psalm 56, the verse that has been, for me, one of comfort in the midst of an internal time of distress. ‘You have noted my lamentation, put my tears into your bottle…’ I have a personal theory God has rivers of tears flowing throughout eternity. And today has been a day of such tears. A time of discernment that often turns into frustration.

And then there are the shadows of daily living, but sometimes shadows are good. Psalm 57 begins with such a goodness. ‘…in the shadow of your wings will I take refuge until this time of trouble has gone by.’ And it is there that I stay this day of lamentation, this day of frustration, this day of the unknown. In God’s shadow, to wait.

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