Lamentations 3:22-23

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

This is a mighty strange thing to read in the midst of a lamentation, particularly a lamentation from a prophet who had it on divine authority from God that the destruction of Jerusalem he was lamenting had been inflicted by the Almighty himself.  Yet there it is:  in the midst of a wrenching, gasping scream of grief over the death of thousands of his countrymen and the destruction of the city and Temple so many had thought invulnerable, Jeremiah makes a sharp and unexpected turn, as prophets do.  Instead of saying, "All the promises have failed to come true.  The whole thing is a lie!  There is no God!" Jeremiah suddenly begins to praise God for his mercy in the serene assurance that out of all this horror, wonders will come.  It's a salutary thing to remember in a time of war and scandal.  Resurrection power works best in graveyards.

Mark Shea


Mark P. Shea is a Catholic author, blogger, and speaker.

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