Thought For The Week 6 October 2019
Welcome to our services today at Trinity and St Stephen’s. Our reading today is taken from the Old Testament book of Lamentations, which has also been titled the Wailings or Dirges. With such a heavy title it is a surprise to find one of the most hope filled verses in scripture:
22 Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.
23 They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
This was written from the exile in Babylon after the beloved city (Jerusalem) had been utterly destroyed. It seemed all hope had gone, only despair remained.
Last week I was staying in Christchurch which gave me an opportunity to walk around the inner city. It’s full of new buildings, townhouse developments and large-scale infrastructure (eg the city library, convention centre under construction). There are still plenty of reminders of the destructive force of the earthquakes- the Cathedral is still a ruin and there are many empty plots where buildings once stood. But the city is returning to life and being renewed, following the biblical principle that death and destruction does not have the last word.
We may face our own tragedies of suffering and lose- perhaps failing health or family circumstances, unemployment and so on. Yet it is encouraging to remember the words from the Lament; we are not consumed; his compassions never fail; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.