Lamentations 1-5; Psalm 137; 1 Peter 4

Yet I still dare to hope
    when I remember this:

22 The faithful love of the Lord never ends!
    His mercies never cease.
23 Great is his faithfulness;
    his mercies begin afresh each morning.
24 I say to myself, “The Lord is my inheritance;
    therefore, I will hope in him!”

25 The Lord is good to those who depend on him,
    to those who search for him.
26 So it is good to wait quietly
    for salvation from the Lord.
27 And it is good for people to submit at an early age
    to the yoke of his discipline:

28 Let them sit alone in silence
    beneath the Lord’s demands.
29 Let them lie face down in the dust,
    for there may be hope at last.
30 Let them turn the other cheek to those who strike them
    and accept the insults of their enemies.

31 For no one is abandoned
    by the Lord forever. Lamentations 3:12-21, NLT

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Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins. 1 Peter 4:8, NLT

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19 So if you are suffering in a manner that pleases God, keep on doing what is right, and trust your lives to the God who created you, for he will never fail you. 1 Peter 4:19, NLT.

Hope. Lamentations is a cry of pain. Verse after verse, it is bleak. But then, this: “Yet I still dare to hope when I remember this …” The Lord is good to those who depend on him and search for him. Thank you, God of hope.

Grace. I learn about this regularly. In the most difficult situations, I’m still learning how to show deep love. This is not easy. But it is grace. Help me, Lord, to be free with love. Help me to guard my heart against all the yuck that wants to squeeze out room for grace.

Perseverance. A call to keep on doing what is right. To trust God with my life and my everyday.

In the dark places, Lord, when I’m not sure where a path leads, help me to hold onto you, to love others deeply, and to keep doing what is right. You know I need these reminders. Thank you for hope. Thank you for grace. Thank you that you are trustworthy with all parts of my life.

Courtney (66books365)

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