A Lament

Michael J. Kruger

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June 1, 2020

Remember my affliction and my wanderings,
    the wormwood and the gall!

My soul continually remembers it
    and is bowed down within me.
But this I call to mind,
    and therefore I have hope:

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

“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
    “therefore I will hope in him.”
The Lord is good to those who wait for him,
    to the soul who seeks him.
It is good that one should wait quietly
    for the salvation of the Lord.

For the Lord will not

    cast off forever,
but, though he cause grief, he will have compassion
    according to the abundance of his steadfast love;
for he does not afflict from his heart
    or grieve the children of men.

 To crush underfoot
    all the prisoners of the earth,
to deny a man justice
    in the presence of the Most High,
to subvert a man in his lawsuit,
    the Lord does not approve.

Lamentations 3:20-26; 31-36

Remember, O Lord, what has befallen us;
    look, and see our disgrace!

Our fathers sinned, and are no more;
    and we bear their iniquities.

The joy of our hearts has ceased;
    our dancing has been turned to mourning.

But you, O Lord, reign forever;
    your throne endures to all generations

Why do you forget us forever,
    why do you forsake us for so many days?

Restore us to yourself, O Lord, that we may be restored!

Lamentations 5:1, 7, 15, 19-20

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