Week 23 Friday

Fallen Jewels

Today’s scripture selection: Lamentations

Key verse: Lamentations 4:1

     It seemed it was all over except for the tears.

     As one commentator in the LIFE APPLICATION BIBLE puts it:

“Jeremiah’s two books focus on one event – the destruction of Jerusalem.  The book of Jeremiah predicts it, and Lamentations looks back on it.  Known as the book of tears, Lamentations is a dirge, a funeral song written for the fallen city of Jerusalem.”

     The weeping prophet eloquently puts it this way:

“How the gold has lost its luster, the fine gold become dull!  The sacred gems are scattered at every street corner.”

     But he and his people weren’t the only ones to experience this common tragedy.  Life, which at one moment glitters like gold and rubies, suddenly becomes ash for the trash can.  And it seems all is lost.

     But God cares for us so much that this is not the end of the story.  If we look hard enough; have faith enough there is always hope.

  • Poor decisions can be amended
  • Wrong choices can be corrected
  • Mistakes can be erased or at least
  • Lessons can be learned so they are not repeated

 

Life is full of consequences – sometimes very harsh ones.

But God is all about grace and hope and fresh starts.

Jeremiah knew this or he wouldn’t have pleaded to God for mercy.

We can know it too.  And therein lies the hope of fallen jewels.

Prayer: Holy God, Heavenly Father, may I always find hope in sorrow; fresh starts in endings; grace in forgiveness.  AMEN.

 

    

     

By Paul Simrell

The Reverend Paul W. Simrell has served for over thirty years in a variety of congregational and institutional settings. He is a recognized minister with standing in the Virginia region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada and is nationally endorsed by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for specialized ministry in both pastoral counseling and chaplaincy. Ordained in 1982, he has served congregations in Kentucky, Texas, Florida, and Virginia. He currently serves as the pastor of Elpis Christian Church, a small, historic congregation located just a few miles west of Richmond, Virginia. “Elpis” is the Greek word for “expectant hope.” He is a graduate of the University of Florida and Lexington Theological Seminary and has done advanced clinical training in chaplaincy and pastoral counseling at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, Children’s Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas and the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care in Richmond, Virginia. He is a Certified Pastoral Counselor, an ACPE Practitioner, a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors, and a member of Spiritual Directors International. He is a Certified Facilitator of the Prepare-Enrich relationship assessment and skills-building program and served as a volunteer chaplain for over twenty years with the CJW Medical Center campuses in Richmond, Virginia. His avocational interests include playing the piano and drawing. He is very happily married to his wife Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell, a free-lance writer, who is also a Certified Facilitator for the Prepare-Enrich program. Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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