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our fifth study, reflection, on the book of lamentations

27 Oct

I have always loved, memorised, quoted and sung verses from this chapter. Hope filled, I sing of, that His steadfast love never ceases; His mercies never end; they are new, new as pools of His light, every morning. A new moment, a new beginning. Feelings re/ felt; rebuilt, renewed.
Laments are feelings, overwhelming, overflowing emotions,

from, Lamentations 3:7- 30; “I have been deprived of peace;
I have forgotten what prosperity is.
18 So I say, “My splendor is gone
and all that I had hoped from the Lord.”

19 I remember my affliction and my wandering,
the bitterness and the gall.
20 I well remember them,
and my soul is downcast within me.
21 Yet this I call to mind
and therefore I have hope:

22 Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.
23They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
24I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion;
therefore I will wait for him.”

25 The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him,
to the one who seeks him;
26 it is good to wait quietly;
for the salvation of the Lord.
27 It is good for a man to bear the yoke
while he is young. 28 Let him sit alone in silence,
for the Lord has laid it on him.
29 Let him bury his face in the dust(—
there may yet be hope.
30 Let him offer his cheek to one who would strike him,
and let him be filled with disgrace.”

I sit alone, in silences, and let my feelings flow over and over, waves of sorrows. ‘This I recall to my mind therefore, for his mercies, his compassions fail not…’

More than my feelings are his compassions; more than my thoughts are his thoughts. I flow; he overflows. This is what I need to think on, recall.

He is my Morning Star. He is new every morning. I must know him. How? Hosea speaks to me on ‘how’ I can feel, recall him, from Hosea 6:6 – in two translations, first the NIV

‘For I desire mercy, not sacrifice, and acknowledgement of God rather than burnt offerings.’ and from Young’s Literal Translation, YLT: ‘For kindness I desired,&not sacrifice, and a knowledge of God above burnt-offerings’

before I lament, I overflow

before I can feel, before I can give mercy to another, i must know Him
before deep pains and sorrows, my silences wait with, in thought, with him
He is my hope in laments.


overflow, lament’s nature

8 Oct

The Psalms sing and speak; grief and rejoice. They all, though, enter the Lord’s presence, his metaphorical temple, his heart, his spirit to be close. In true ‘overflow’ even sorrow, my hurts and cries and whispers are heard, felt, stored and handed over to another, to my Lord, my Father, my love, as in Psalm 73.

When my heart was grieved
and my spirit embittered,I was senseless and ignorant;
I was a brute beast before you.
Yet I am always with you;
you hold me by my right hand.
You guide me with your counsel,
and afterward you will take me into glory.
Whom have I in heaven but you?
And earth has nothing I desire besides you.
My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength of my heart
and my portion forever.
may all the peoples praise you. Psalm 73:21-26

In my overflow all is saved; nothing is lost, wasted. Not a moment or a year.

on wisdom

28 Jul

from Romans 15:14, New International Version
‘I myself am convinced, my brothers and sisters, that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with knowledge and competent to instruct one another.

I have heard Tim Keller define wisdom as

‘Having competence in, within, the complexities of life where moral rules or laws do not apply.’

So my first question, asked, and it can only be asked of myself, is one of my four basic W’s, ‘where?’

Where in my life do ‘moral rules/laws’ not apply?

• love, loves, tenderness and kindness

• family, past and present, especially present; chosen and adopted; communities of friends; work; families of intimacies

• care, physical care of self, my emotions, healings, my spirit, mind and heart- as the ancient Greeks said and say – my ‘nous’-

• the forgotten; South Bronx students and their parents, their ‘care givers’ ( versus ‘caretakers’ ); the departed; those who do longer think of feel of about me, but who I still feel and remember; items lost- a beret? -chances, opportunities missed; books unread; people unloved

words not said…

wisdom for me is the ‘pause’; the breathe; the space between heart and thought beats where I reflect before acting, before overflowing emotion, before the flood of memory, remembrances, regrets and remorse

wisdom is creating as space to be ‘competent’; to manage and think of and thru complexities,

Romans 15:14 speaks of us as being ‘competent to counsel’

New International Version
‘I myself am convinced, my brothers and sisters, that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with knowledge and competent to instruct one another.’

or, as the Berean Study Bible says,

13Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you believe in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Paul the Minister to the Gentiles

14 ‘I myself am convinced, my brothers, that you yourselves are full of goodness, brimming with knowledge, and able to instruct one another. 15However, I have written you a bold reminder on some points, because of the grace God has given me 16to be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles in the priestly service of the gospel of God, so that the Gentiles might become an offering acceptable to God, sanctified by the Holy Spirit.

I, we ‘overflow’ with competence as we live in face complexities. Competence here, for me, means to balance my life with life; to live daily with myself admits others and our world.

He gives wisdom; a life – Jesus’ life- overflowing wisdom.