Lamentation 5

Before Reading.

  • Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.

Reading.

  • Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
  • Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
  • Take a note if you have question, inspiration.   

Read Lamentation 5

Overview.

The closing poet is a communal lament over the misery of the people of Judah under the heel of Babylon, and petition for restoration.

The misery of life widespread— economic destitution, social disorder, political restriction. The overturned sociopolitical disorder allows former slaves to rise to position of power and enslave them. There is rape, torture, and forced labor

They admit that it is caused by their sins, and that they suffer for the sins of their ancestors. The poet concludes with appeal to God.  

“But you, O Lord, why do you always forget us? Why do you forsake us so long?”  

But the poet makes plea for divine remembrance and mercy, and with conflicting thoughts and emotions,

“Restore us to yourself, Renew our days of old. Is it really possible that you have utterly rejected us, and are angry with us beyond measure?”

This communal lament speaks to us today in times of suffering and agony, in disappointment and hopelessness.

Reflection.

 1. What does this passage tell you about God?

 2. What does this passage tell you about people.?

3. What does this passage tell you about yourself and God’s will for you?  

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