The Book of Lamentations is not a part of Scripture that I normally turn to. In the Old Testament, I often head to the Psalms or the Book of Isaiah when I'm looking for some inspiration. In the New Testament, I love reading the Gospel of Luke, and I always find something to either lift me up or challenge me in St. Paul's Letters. How about you? What's your "go to" Scripture passages when you are looking for inspiration, consolation, or support?
Back to the Book of Lamentations. My focus today is on Mercy. We need to receive it right now, very badly. We need to give it right now, very badly. Here's a passage to ponder, especially during these troubling times:
The favors of the Lord are not exhausted, his mercies are not spent; They are renewed each morning, so great is his faithfulness. My portion is the Lord, says my soul; therefore, I will hope in him (Lamentations 3:22-24).
As we move through this day, let's ask ourselves, "How do I experience God's faithfulness?" "Where do I put my hope?" "How do I both receive and give mercy?"
Every day offers us a fresh start. God's favors and mercy are ours for the taking, each and every day. How can we not be grateful to God for such gifts?