What a sad word lamentation is! We lament things that have happened in our lives, or even those things that did not happen. Lamenting does not bring us joy. Still, if we use lamenting as a way of reflection, a way to repent and move forward in our lives, it can be helpful.
When my mother died, my family did some lamenting: thinking about things that happened, and the things that did not happen. Each of her three children have different memories, different disappointments, different hurts, and different good times. When we had her service and people were sharing, it was good to hear from other people and share their perspective. My personal memories are not as good as many of those that were shared, but I do try to remember the good times, and not dwell on the bad.
Lord, when I remember my mother, help me to think about the better times, and the ways she may have tried to show her care. Help me to create memories with my own family now that are good, and not hurtful or harmful. Thank You that You love me, and with that love, I can love. AMEN
Father, as I respect You and obey You, I will be happy. I will enjoy my life and all that You have blessed me with. Thank You. Psalm 128
7 Jerusalem is suffering and homeless. She remembers all the good things from the past. But her people were defeated by the enemy, and there was no one to help her. When her enemies saw her, they laughed to see her ruined. (Lamentations 1:7 NCV)
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