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 popular Catholic writer and speaker. The author of numerous books, his most recent work is The Work of Mercy (Servant) and The Heart of Catholic Prayer (Our Sunday Visitor). Mark contributes numerous articles to many magazines, including his popular column “Connecting the Dots” for the National Catholic Register. Mark is known nationally for his one minute “Words of Encouragement” on Catholic radio. He also maintains the Catholic and Enjoying It blog and regularly blogs for National Catholic Register. He lives in Washington state with his wife, Janet, and their four sons.

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